Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Sol Oosel.
Lives in between Mexico City and the rural village of Tepoztlan.
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.
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.
What was your first experience with art?
Childhood role-playing games, haunted house installations, sand castles, watching Dumbo at the cinema.
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.
What do you need in order to create your work?
For starters: excitement. A good ol’ long hot bath is always welcomed.
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.