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Sólo el mar en los ojos, 2004

Only the Sea in The Eyes, 2004
Installation, 350 x 1200 cm aprox

Upon returning from a stay in the United States in the early 1980s, Soledad Sevilla incorporated the language of installation into her work. Rather than seeing this as separate from her painting, it became a necessary extension to it, lending her installations a subtle pictorial character. In all of them, light plays an important role, as do titles, narratives and poetry. With a clear organic dimension, Sevilla creates abstract structures that evoke the elements or natural places, while alerting us to the distress and cyclical transformations they experience over time. When the artist presented this work at the Sala Amós Salvador in Logroño in 2004, she explained:

‘I want to explain [...] my long process of personal enchantment with a small coastal town in the province of Huelva, El Rompido, a natural place located at the mouth of the River Piedras, in the municipalities of Lepe and Cartaya. It is formed by a fourteen-kilometre-long spit of sand created by the sediments of the River Guadiana. It began life in 1755, when the great Lisbon earthquake produced an immense tidal wave that modified the entire Portuguese coastline and that of the Andalusian Atlantic. It was then that the spit began to form with a width of a little less than one kilometre that frequently “broke”, with the various branches of the River Piedras forming new mouths to the sea. [...]

‘It’s a mysterious silence. Everything there is marked by imagination and fantasy, and that emotional connection with the landscape triggers an urge to create and engage in the slow process of contemplating the relationships between the images presented by natural phenomena and the abstraction of the structures that underpin the mental processes of creation. Rather than trying to transfer the complex configuration of the former to the codes of expression of the latter, what I intend is to explore their mutual relationship and create works that demonstrate the tension between the two worlds. [...]

‘The impact of place, light, time and the five senses form the vehicle that allows me to find that reference. At the same time, my fascination with miniscule things and the organic evolution of nature is reflected in the piece Solo el mar en los ojos.’

Technical details

Original title:
Sólo el mar en los ojos
Registration number:
Sevilla, Soledad
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Wood, polystyrene and resin
350 x 1200 cm aprox (height x width)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of the artist
© Soledad Sevilla, VEGAP, Barcelona
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