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Paradise Lost in Bellas Artes

By Guillermina Fonseca


Red foil landscape by Laura Honse

Paradise Lost is a voyage to the world of the lost: the loss of objects, or of the home, of one’s fatherland, one’s religion, or of relationships, or loss as a necessary step in transition from childhood to adulthood.

Paradise Lost shows the most recent work of Laura Honse, artist born in the USA. At two months old, she migrated with her family to Australia and New Zealand, then to the Bahamas and later Uruguay and Brazil. At 17, she returned to the USA to study art, and at 30 she packed a suitcase and departed for Europe to reside in Barcelona and Hamburg. Twenty years later, she made another attempt to find paradise lost, relocating to Mexico.

Honse finds that objects have their own lives and that in their process of life/death they cover other dimensions.

“When I reached San Miguel de Allende,” Laura tells us, “the first thing which caught my attention was the quantity of vacant burned lots, where everything was charred black. These spaces reminded me of war zones. I began to frequent them as an archaeologist in search of vestiges of another time. I found a mummified cat; I blew and the fur flew off like dandelion fluff. I found a doll, looking like the victim of torture or sexual abuse. I found the sole of a shoe and a shoe imprint… Remembrances of a world which no longer exists, rigid by the laws of logic which has escaped between fragments of memory…an incomplete jigsaw puzzle.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Paradise Lost, recent work by Laura Honse, inaugurates October 16, 2014, in Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante” and will be open until February 1, 2015.


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