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Galeria Nara Roesler
Itahye, 2006
signed on reverse
Fabric, wood residues and acrylic on alimunim panel
61 x 55.1 x 2 in.


Itahye embodies Daniel Senise's characteristic creation of what he calls 'floor monotypes', whereby the artist applies glue and pigment to linen and presses it against floors creating an impression of spaces' grain and texture. He subsequently cuts and assembles them into compositions that render illusionistic interiors. Through Itahye, Senise intertwines the representation of a site, with its debris, or in other words, its history—he juxtaposes time, memory and the physical presence which stems from them.

Since the end of the 1990s, Senise has sought to understand image-making through a constructive process which often relies on memories of the physical space. In his recent works, through a technique similar to that of a monotype, he often imprints canvases with the textures and remnants present on floors. Once ready, this material is cut and assembled into a collage, with the textures becoming pieces of complex compositions. Senise's investigations relate to the memory of places and spaces. Not only do his works figuratively represent specific locations, but he also uses elements from those specific places, such as broken ceramics, pieces of wood, dust or wall chippings, juxtaposing time, memory and the physical presence which stems from them.

His works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, Quito, Ecuador; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Coleção João Sattamini – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC-Niterói), Niterói, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, Brazil.