María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo | Sol de la tarde, 2013 | Triple weave, silk, moriche palm fiber (mauritia flexuosa) from the Orinoco River delta, copper |
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo | Guardian Indigo, 2007 | Triple weave, Merida silk, moriche palm fiber (mauritia flexuosa) from the Orinoco River delta, wool, natural dyes (indigo, cochineal, eucalyptus, onion)
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo | Textil Fundido, 2013 | Bronze
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo
María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo

María Eugenia Dávila & Eduardo Portillo

Eduardo Portillo: Born in Jajó, Venezuela, 1966; María Eugenia Dávila, born in Mérida, Venezuela, 1966; live and work in Mérida, Venezuela

We are interested in representing experiences in materials and processes that bear the imprint of people and places, and reveal the relationships between people and their environments. When we decided to work with silk, we were compelled to travel to China and India to study and research their age-old practices of sericulture. Our experiences were crucial to our training. We have always been passionate about knowledge, experimentation, and especially its reinterpretation within our own place and culture, in Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes. We also work with local materials, such as cotton and alpaca from Peru and Bolivia, fiber from the moriche and chiqui-chique palm trees of the Orinoco River Delta and Amazon region, as well as dyes from the indigo plant. For us color is crucial. Our interest in color starts at its very foundations: how it is obtained, where it is found in nature, in objects, in people. Through color we discover the way to follow each project.

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