Santi Moix, the Catalan painter born in Barcelona in 1960, has spent many summers in Saurí (Pallars Sobirà), so when the villagers, during the festival, asked him if he would intervene Romanesque church, he said yes. Although he did not think that things come to port. But it came. Thus, the New York based artist got down to work. The immediate goal: to marry contemporary art with a church of the twelfth century to recover. The long-term objective “intervene ancient churches in the area that take years to reopen closed and create a route to attract public” he says.
When started thinking about the project, had very clear that wanted to work full of “color and energy ‘as far as possible from the” darkness and sadness “that sometimes evoke these places. And an intervention that would allow parishioners “feel good, let go and seek his inner world without imposing images.” In short, “a decoration full of flowers and nature that made reference to the environment where it is located.” The result Moix defined as “a cave of colors” and as “a church that is a garden”. All sprinkled with texts by J. V. Foix and Cavafy.
First he thought of projecting images and grow fungi to draw space. But the Centre de Restauració Bens Mobles de Catalunya suggested to paint al fresco. “The technique of techniques” that Moix had never used but now passionately defends “A very sophisticated technique that allows great freedom gesture that puts you in your place: the correction is not possible.”
The suggestion fresco painting was the only one received. For the rest he has had complete freedom, both by locals as the Bishop of Urgell. “I told them I would not make saints or virgins, but nature and light. And they were very receptive “he says.
Although there are some religious reference as the four evangelists and feet of Christ. For the last stage of the project, when there is funding left the representation of the resurrection: “A large flower in the apse in layers of petals made from porcelain and ceramic scatter light and color. Something very complicated technically, “he explains.
For now, he made like and attracts curious. “Every day I receive visits and I have to convince to return to the last minute. Since the walls make me time. ” And the cool does not support or corrections or delays.
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