Mayte Vieta
Spain, 1971
Mayte Vieta began her career in the early nineties as part of a new generation of multifaceted artists producing fragile work that employed unfettered language to produce openly objectual pieces. Dialogue with the human body and contexts close to home and nature were key for giving free rein to new questioning approaches. She offers metaphors on life that dramatically recreate the private experiences of existence. By coupling different objects and freely associating everyday materials to change their natural meaning and function, she conjures up dreamlike images that appear to come from a vague residual memory that broaches the conflicts of the soul. Similarly heavy with the symbolism of the passage of time and the hardships of life are the images of small animals or roots with melancholic appendages that the artist freezes in refined bronze, glass and iron sculptures. In her photographs and installations she usually strikes up intense dialogues with her own naked body, exploring dark, concentric marine depths that are as intoxicating as they are threatening, in an uncertain struggle for liberation from what appears to be a disturbing imprisonment. In addition, her photographs of timeless landscapes, devoid of features, bring us face to face with a bleak immensity. With no desire to reference places, she captures panoramic scenes of simple yet alarming images of water, roaring skies, mists and steam that entrust the metaphysics of nature to evoke the fears, loneliness, frustration, forgetfulness and chimeras of contemporary man. With her majestic, volatile images, both attractive and fleeting, shrouded forever in suspended time, Mayte Vieta invites spectators to peer into their own unknown inside.
Teresa Blanch