Susy Gómez and “The dance of life”

 

 

Susy Gómez, “The dance of life” 

 

 


Susy Gómez was born in Pollença (Mallorca) in 1964. She studied Fine Arts in Barcelona and it was there where she started her started career, with an exhibition in Miró Foundation, in 1993. In 1995, she took part in ‘Salon of 16´s’, an annual exhibition initiative that promoted the work of sixteen national and international artists. The artist has shown her work in and outside Spain. Her wide work is formed by drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and performances. It heads towards informalist sculpture, usually in big formats and built from found materials, that many times has participative or even therapeutic purpose. It has a main importance the place where the piece is going to be located.

 

 

 

Susy Gómez, “The dance of life”   

 

 


The title of the exhibition, previously shown in Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (MACE), refers to a painting by Edward Munch, artist that she has always admired, because of the way he works on the inner world and represents the invisibility. Other artist that has influenced Susy Gómez, concerning her theater vision, is the norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen. The artist pursues the visitor participation by making him feel identified with not only his own but with others. She has been also influenced by alternative therapies, which she has studied for thirteen years. An example are family constellations, a therapy that works mainly from the unconscious and family relationships.

 

 

 

Susy Gómez, “The dance of life” 

 

 

 

Susy Gómez artwork shows its anger against occidental society, which erases the traces of the pass. The artist talks about ruin and what is disused. Her sculptures are made by materials that belong to collapsed houses from the beginning of the century, that cannot be used anymore. She saves them from disappearing into obscurity. The artist wants to approach the visitor to her universe, always being aware that he will be the one who interprets her artwork in his own manner. 

 

 

 

Susy Gómez, “The dance of life” 

 

 

 

Tabacalera of Lavapiés hosts the Susy Gómez´s scenographic world and her “dance of life”, in which visitors will be able to participate, until next 3rd of September.

 

 

 

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.