“Metaphysical poets do not describe sensations, but the attempt to feel. They do not describe concepts but they do describe the relationship between them.”
INSULA is a perceptive portrait and sensory sculpture that reflects on culture as a biological organ that feels, digests, integrates, absorbs and excretes meanings. It is an archetype that refers us to different forms that exist inside and outside our body and our psyche: glands, stomachs, tongues, stalactites, pores, specters. INSULA, refers us specifically to a part of the brain that unites olfactory and taste perceptions with affect and determines a behavioral response. Its presence roots us in a “feeling” of the present and brings us closer to a pre-linguistic experience of the feeling of art. The work also expresses that something “is happening” or that “something is going to happen”, and manifests this symptom through the excretion of a symbolic olfactory oil. A symptom is a bodily divination and this sculpture functions as its articulator. Its aroma is located between the permanent and the ethereal, being pungent but with a delicate floral and succulent character. Its strong musky and animal base reminds us of the body as the main integrator of the artistic experience. Visitors can place their hand under the sculpture to receive the oil, which will be absorbed and carried by their skin.