Maria Ezcurra | Woven Waves
12.2019 – 06.2020
Four Seasons Hotel Montreal – Marcus Restaurant
Maria Ezcurra is a Mexican artist, born in Argentina and currently living in Montreal, who explores the themes of memory, identity, and gender issues through collaborative and inclusive art practises. She is the 2019 recipient of the Prix de la diversité en arts visuels du Conseil des arts de Montréal.
The artist has participated in numerous exhibits worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Carl Freedman Gallery in the UK, the Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and a recent solo show at La Centrale in Montreal. After obtaining her PhD in Art education at Concordia University, Maria Ezcurra has taught art in number of universities and organizations in Mexico and Canada over the past 15 years.
She has designed the window for the Montreal based restaurant MARCUS, by the renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson, located in the heart of the Four Seasons Montreal. The defined and mastered techniques and elements in the window installation align with Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s use of sustainable food for creating new understandings and openness to a diversity of ideas and cultures.
Maria’s installation for MARCUS is, in fact, the elaboration of her previous art installations exploring the physical and emotional limits of the body and its connection to culture and space. Woven Waves transposes this connection by interweaving food narratives with the multilayered personal and environmental relation involved in the balancing of sustainable identities and the celebration of food. Connecting communities through food and art finds its true meaning in this window installation in the heart of a city that truly values food and entertainment.
Often exploring the subjectivity of objects, her creative process addresses personal, social and natural issues. Using textiles to explore the different aspects of our identities, Maria elaborates around the circumstances that shape them, which usually remain unseen.
For Woven Waves, the artist reconstructed the different parts of the installation through her artistic vision. The hanging fish fillets and placemats symbolize Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s vision of cuisine and love of seafood, heritage of his childhood in Sweden. Simultaneously, the tubular nets reflect on Maria’s vision of connections, collectivity and sustainability. The mirrors covering the walls allow the public to reflect and acknowledge its personal and social responsibilities as consumers. This installation displays the visions of the Chef and the artist and their desire to represent the Montreal based MARCUS restaurant offering a distinguished experience in flavours, textures and presentation.
Curators: Claudia Emde and Alexandre Potvin | emde Agency
Photography: Amanda Mocci