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HERIDAS Y REMEDIOS / 2020

“A newborn rests her head on the earth of mother. Everything else is outer space.”
- J. Hope Stein

The experience of motherhood is a radical expression of existence itself. It’s a feminine hike, beautiful but not always easy or smooth, of a painful and wild essence. An experience that makes us aware of what the feminine means in its most radical form: a separation of something that came from us and the immense generosity of looking with absolute charm at a new existence that arose from our own body.
It’s an experience both heartbreaking and magnificent, with a contradictory nature that unfortunately is not openly discussed. After giving birth, the whole being and the symbolic universe of women need to be renovated. We are exposed to drastic body transformations with hormonal peaks that place ups and downs of insecurities and wild forces. To heal you have to look at yourself, which as a mother inevitably implies guilt and courage.
The series Wounds and Remedies, which takes the experience as a mother of Adriana Ciudad as a starting point, is composed of seven works in pencil and watercolor, which seek to reflect on the wild transformation that each mother lives silently. The series, in essence, explores the female exile in which women, out of desperation, turn to their grandmothers’ potions and remedies to heal their wounds. Thus, herbs and medicaments appear, like heroes that drive us away from the desert of Western medicine that has not yet bothered to provide healing to the true weight of childbirth. These are homemade recipes that pass from mouth to mouth from each mother and are essential to comfort the one that has just given birth. Remedies of women for women, from Mother Earth to the new mother, which escort the most natural and ancestral of existence itself: childbirth.

This text resulted of conversations between Adriana Ciudad Witzel and Elisa Biassio Telles Bauer, February 2020.


RUDA - WONDERFUL RUE, I have fallen apart after giving birth. Give me your strength and protect me so I can recover.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm



HINOJO - FENNEL, my beautiful herb, it hurts a lot. I can't take it anymore. Come on, bequest upon me your gifts so that my milk can flow, flow and flow to my baby.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm



COCA - COCA LEAF, lack of sleep has me desperate. I feel lonely, I get anxious. My dear coca leaf, I really need you, otherwise I'll lose my mind and collapse.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm



CANELA - MY LITTLE CINNAMON, my body feels weird, I have chills. Taking you warm comforts me. Don't be mean, help me heal the wound in my belly.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm/h2>

PARIR - GIVE BIRTH I held your dad firmly. With my eyes closed, I could look at my body and I feel you. That's how I knew how to give you birth.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm



BAÑO DE FLORECIMIENTO - FLOWER BATH I feel your gentle touch, beautiful flowers, you give me courage. You caress my broken and sore body.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm



CERRAR - CLOSE I hug myself. I did it. I almost gave up. You arrived. Now I heal my body and close the portal. I need to get back to me.
/ 2020 / watercolor and pencil on cotton paper / 27 x 21 cm