Mar de hierba, 1973

Sea of Grass, 1973
Object, 33 x 38.5 x 6.3 cm
In the early seventies, following on from Arte
Povera, the actions of Fina Miralles developed
as a reflection on the materiality of nature. Most
of her work was based on the dialectic between
nature and artifice through a change in the
context of physical elements. The Translations
series documents some of the actions performed
in November 1973. On a beach in Premià de
Mar, Miralles set grass floating on the sea: the
grass, which had been grown in Sabadell, was
cut and transported in turves of 40 x 40 cm. The
flotation lasted about three hours. Miralles kept
the images of the action in a box- suitcase in a
reference to the emblematic Boîte-en-valise by
Marcel Duchamp.
Another work in the series was
done in Sant Llorenç del Munt, where the artist
‘planted’ herself in the ground as if she were a
tree, until she was buried up to her knees, as it is
shown in the documents displayed at the vitrine.

Technical details

Original title:
Mar de hierba
Registration number:
Miralles, Fina
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Painter's case, gelatin silver print, reprographics and polypropylene cover with grass and earth
33 x 38.5 x 6.3 cm (height x width x depth)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
© Fina Miralles
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It could be my bedroom (or something similar to it). Even the same technical characteristics: all the walls and volumes constructed in this module of raw canvas for painters to measure me and measure ourselves.
Pep Agut