Sculptures by Paz de la Calzada seen at Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey - Bucolica (bucolica californica)
Sculptures by Paz de la Calzada seen at Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey - Bucolica (bucolica californica)
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Item Bucolica (bucolica californica)

Bucolica (bucolica californica)

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Bucolica is a multidisciplinary art project that consists of a site - specific installation, a cabinet containing medicinal remedies and a vitrine displaying personal related objects.

Inspired by the Bucolic* genre, this work reflects the artist’s journey to rediscover the values of Romanticism and the notion that the landscape embodies a certain state of emotive consciousness, meant to inspire awe and reflection.

Using mass-produced repurposed artificial grass, the hand cut pieces of the installation feature the Monterey Cypress, a traditional, romanticized and exaggerated example of the local landscape. Leaves and needles of this tree have been used by the artist to make herbal remedies. By engaging in wildcrafting, the artist acknowledges the necessity of respect and reciprocity between humans and the natural world.

Bucolica calls the attention to the compromised relationship we currently have with the landscape and questions the uses of synthetic grass as a substitute for real and sustainable local grasses, highlighting the powerful capacity of art making to transform discarded banal waste into a playful eco-friendly creation.

*Bucolic: A pastoral lifestyle that lends its name to a genre of literature, art, and music that depicts such life in an idealized and romantic manner, typically for urban audiences.

Meet the Creator

Paz de la Calzada

Paz de la Calzada

San Francisco, CA

Site-specific drawings and murals

"Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is an artist working in drawing, installation and sculpture. She received a BFA at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and her MFA at UNAM, Mexico City.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, the Union Fenosa Museum and the Fundacion Caixa Galicia in Spain and the Leon Trotsky Museum and the San Angel Cultural Center in Mexico City.

Paz came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then she has been in several residency programs like Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Millay Colony for the Arts in New York and Valparaiso Foundation in Spain. She is a recipient of a Cultural Equity Grants by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Academy of Fine Arts Award and the County of La Coruña Grant, both in Spain.

Her current work reflects the artist’s vision of creating art that is playfully in dialogue with the urban space, exploring the relationship between nature and urban environment, daily life and ritual."

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