To wear in Stone

Sand agglomerates removed from sandpaper for metal(P40); worn out sandpapers canvasses.

In the installation, the canvasses from which the sand was taken are displayed in one side; on the other side, the sand stones that correspond to each sandpaper.

Variable dimensions, 2015.

(…). Sandpaper and small stones are arranged on the floor, in a transposition process reminiscent of the Small White Pebble Circles (1987), by Richard Long (1945, England), where marble pebbles collected from long walks are organised in concentric rings in the museum space. Objects that Dalila Gonçalves finds and collects are transported and organised in gallery and museum spaces in compositions that define spaces. (…).

The extensive use of the sandpaper will inevitably lead to its destruction and impossibility of continuing its function. However, here, the destruction of sandpaper relates to the construction (or structure) of the stones that are now presented and which are nothing more than a cluster of the sandpaper´sand. Every worn piece of sandpaper relates to a single stone – the result of being used to the limit. From the use and destruction of a particular matter, in an agglomeration process, Dalila Gonçalves built another matter that now confronts the one that allowed its existence. More than the final form, it is about an incessant search for material and particles that form it.

Luísa Santos in Anozero’15 – texts and essays. p.24