Six Questions

Six Questions: Sol Oosel

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Sol Oosel.

Artist Sol Oosel
Lives in between Mexico City and the rural village of Tepoztlan.
Website https://soloosel.com/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I can consider myself a sort of Indiana Jones in search for that which may arouse the spirit.

Sol Oosel - If You're Close Enough To Your Lover
Video Still, 2018

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Empathy, the concept of “I” and its elusive limits, and all that which the human condition misses. We are not who we think we are.

Sol Oosel - Attunement For A Thunderstorm
Video Still, 2019

What was your first experience with art?

Childhood role-playing games, haunted house installations, sand castles, watching Dumbo at the cinema.

Sol Oosel - Volcanic Rock Sculpted With Sound Waves No. 12
volcanic rock, 2020 (video still)

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Sometimes it’s conversations, after all it’s conversation what my work is set out to stimulate; perhaps mostly conversations between the selves. Lately, I’ve been enjoying art as a conversation catalyst for the sake of social sanity.

Sol Oosel - Volcanic Rock Sculpted With Sound Waves No. 12
volcanic rock, 2020 (video still)

What do you need in order to create your work?

For starters: excitement. A good ol’ long hot bath is always welcomed.

Sol Oosel and Mario Garcia Torres - The Loving State Of The Intentions Contained Before
(Conductors of Transtemporal Resonance)
Copper, 2019

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I’m mesmerized by the way Ana Montiel’s paintings call ‘attention to the vulnerability of our perception’. The most subtle shift in the room ́s light quality renders a remark- able difference in the viewer’s experience. At times like these (2020) a reminder of the fragility of our perspectives results most valuable. On the other hand, if you’re into color feasts, Montiel’s paintings are some of the wildest elegant parties I’ve ever been too.

Sol Oosel and Ana Montiel - Inner Sun (Lumen Naturae)
Brass and 36 strobe lights, 2019

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