IMAGINING AEONIAN LIGHT, 2023
Pigment, rock, black sand.
Curated by Zoe Lukov, Art in Common
Imagining Aeonian Light is a site-specific installation by Lita Albuquerque, a multidisciplinary artist known for her ephemeral works executed within landscapes and public sites. Comprised of rock and pigment, Albuquerque’s installation utilizes raw material to reorient bodies within the natural world and in doing so, proposes new perspectives on our collective placement within the universe. The expansive work activates a crossroads or central axis with a large one-ton rock at the center grounded by a bed of black sand. The black sand forms a broken circle used as a symbol of proximity to the heavens, or alternately to ward of evil, to protect and generate life and fertility. Deep powdered raw red pigment transforms the elements earth into a drawing surface which calls for a nourished and resourced future, creating a new sacred geometry for the public consciousness, a space for cosmic activation.
"rocks make me weep, they contain history and light.
I search to crack them open, to reveal their origin coming from the explosion of super nova.
how moved I am by rocks that come from space, how they hold light,
how matter is imbued with light, how at the origin we are all light."
Photography by Robert Chase Heishman