Sometimes I Am Kind Of Flaky
Peruvian Kukuli Velarde makes work indebted to folk tradition and traditional ornamentation, exploring the new politics of identity, estrangements of context and acts of “forgetfulness” that occur as art is displaced from its origin. ‘Sometimes I Am Kind of Flaky’ is cut from a series of works exploring memory, fear, desire and ideology through figurative icons that, in tandem, present a larger picture of the artists identity and belief in a shared system of traits. The integrity of this particular form appears to be breaking down, its surface indicative of a rough degradation of clay and flaked paint as to an artefact or ancient form unearthed — whilst the palette choice and suggestion of friction radiate a uneasy trauma and sense of inflicted damage. 'ISICHAPUITU series, 1998-2001 glazed earthenware 24 in. (61 cm.) high (5) Sheboygan, Kohler Arts Center, Kukuli Velarde: Cantaros de Vida (The Isichapuitu Series), 2002.