- Cristina Iglesias
- Habitación Vegetal XV (doble pasaje) (Plant Room XV (Double Passage))
- bronze powder, polyester resin, fibre glass and stainless steel
In the early 1990s, Iglesias began her series of Espacios Vegetales. This series comprises installations which are architectural in form and contemporary in their minimalist design. However, in the interior chamber the natural organic world is reconstructed through a variety of media and visual effects. In these enclosed ‘rooms’ which re-imagine the natural environment, Iglesias creates a rich interplay between concealment and revelation, exploring the boundaries between reality and appearance.
In the case of the present work, the exterior with its stainless steel finish literally reflects its immediate surroundings; however, this appearance is deliberately deceiving as the mirror distorts the reflections and presents a contorted view of the surrounding environment. In contrast to this, the interior chamber presents what appears to be a more natural reality, revealing a myriad of delicately formed branches and leaves that recreate the living world reflected in the outer walls. In this way Iglesias’s installation interrogates pre-conceived notions of how an object relates to its space and surroundings. The viewer too must play a part as they approach the work and confront their reflection before being drawn into the work: one cannot be a passive participant in Iglesias’s fictional world.