Sortie de Résidence
In Yucatán Samuel D’Ippolito faced nature and the strong elements of the jungle. So much so that it merged with raw materials such as Mayan stone, the trunks of sacred trees, and the heat of our land. He decided to integrate this matter into his work, interpreting it in his work with plaster, clay, steel, to carry out his project for a sculpture / social structure in which everyone can enter.
In his mother tongue, French, the literal translation of the Mayan words “Wi’Te’Na ‘” is not “Casa Origen”, but “The house of the root tree.” So the Belgian artist invites us to enter his work and enjoy the experience as if the work were our ancestral home. For that reason the physical representation – or rather external representation of the work – is the X, used as an architectural element by the ancient Mayans.
The artist also wanted to reveal the shell of the sacred tree, appropriating it as if it were the shed skin of a snake. Serpent that in his vision is rather the representation of a flower, a gigantic liana. For this reason, during his residency, Samuel D’Ippolito achieved a lifting technique using a gum-type mold, hugging the trunks to remove what he calls the “skin of the tree”.
During his five-week residency, Samuel left the comfort of the Dome workshop to work with artisans from Ticul to achieve the techniques of baking Mayan clay, and those from Mulchechén to weld their sculptures.
Leïla G. Voight