Sibil.la

Sibil.la
She arrives from afar to become the fading away at the end of time. I’ll never know if I chose her or she chose me. What I can say, is that she fascinated me from the first time I heard her voice. This multifaceted and marginal figure represents every woman I know and in whom I see myself reflected.
 
SIBIL·LA: THE INVISIBLE LAND
Marta Blasco

 

The character of the Sibil·la, declared by UNESCO Immaterial Patrimony of Mankind in 2010, is among the best cultural manifestations representing the survival of our ancient traditions. Its ancestral origins and pagan connotations have been always linked to the representations of women as the great protagonist of old myths.

Possessing a gaze that transcends and predicts what centuries will bring, the Sibil·la was adopted later on by the Christianity as the voice that echoes the announcement of the end of the world by the ancient Oracle. Her apocalyptical message suggests a devastated nature, with sinuous trees and branches sometimes bleak sometimes destroyed that become a metaphor of the current world.

Some how, this very ancient character becomes fully contemporary, as a woman that interrogates us, remaining motionless in front of the devastation, hiding her face to avoid showing her feelings of horror, looking down, unable to bear her terrible mission.

Threes of twisted or fallen branches, Mediterranean backwaters, a landscape without a trace of life… This is how I interpreted the environments where the Sibil·la moves in my drawings, engravings, photographs and paintings.

Everyone of these pieces is the result of a rigorous search. As I, as her, walked through hidden and recondite places of the island of Mallorca, such as caves, little calas, steep torrents, rocky spaces or ruins. Is that personal approach to the most authentic landscapes of Mallorca that has helped me to start reflecting the natural richness of a land that remains to many times invisible to the eyes of its visitors and even to its inhabitants.

It has been especially interesting to discover the psychological hue of a character that talks about the destruction of a world –our world- and proclaims disrespect to the mother Earth, protagonist of my artworks.

Between 2003 and 2014, I realized a series of drawings, paintings, engravings, coppers and photographs that record the process of research and the making off. All this material integrated my exhibition entitled “Sibil·la”, that was inaugurated in December 2014 at Sala Pelaires. A month later was presented at the Cultural Centre Pelaires the book “Sibil·la. A secret passion”. The combination of the texts of the writer Gabriel Janer Manila, the tooling of Natasha Levedeva and the binging of Paz Alomar results in a unique book that, from different points of view, constitutes an homage to the Sibil·la: the enigmatic woman that returns every Christmas to the churchs of Mallorca to announce the Final Judgement.

The Sibil·la announces the Apocalypse. A devastation that reminds us of the contemporary drama of exile or of the refuges camps… situations causing the loss of identity of humans. In front of all these circumstances, we are lucky to still have places of consciousness and memory that preserve the richness of a cultural legacy that evokes the most representative values of the western world.