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  • ICAA Record ID
    1092413
    TITLE
    Zona tórrida / Johanna Calle
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Calle, Johanna. "Zona tórrida," May 2006. Typed and artist´s handwritten notes. Courtesy of the private archives of Johanna S. Calle Gregg, Bogotá, Colombia.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this article, Johanna Calle discusses the works in her series of drawings Zona tórrida [Torrid Zone] and the rationale behind them. The Colombian artist outlines various environmental modulations or conditions that can be seen in the shapes of leaves, which as she explains, are a plant’s main source of essential life-sustaining substances, such as oxygen and carbohydrates.

Annotations

Johanna Calle (b. 1965), one of the major Colombian artists of the early twenty-first century, has written a great deal about her own work. She usually writes short articles, like this one, that provide basic clues to understanding her art work. The images she produces blend her varied interests (social and political conflicts, biology, literature, and artistic expression), and she also writes about the media she explores.

 

Zona tórrida [Torrid Zone] (2005), like Torrencial [Torrential] (1999), No (2001), or Ciel étranger [Foreign Sky] (2001), includes writing to create a complex polysemous universe in which the artist uses metaphors of different types to express the particular problems involved. Her metaphors are usually based on her observations of structural frameworks. In this particular case, Calle explores the forms adopted by natural bodies (such as plant leaves) either when they submit to adaptive processes or when they are subjected to negative environmental influences such as crop dusting. In her works, the delicacy of both the observed subject and the laborious, accurate drawing is as always a powerful allusion to the fragility of life.    

Researcher
María A. Iovino
Team
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Johanna S. Calle Gregg, Bogotá, Colombia