3pd Atardecer, Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila, triple weave, silk moriche and cooper, natural dyes., 67” x 34” , 2015, $10,000
5pd Homo Textil, Eduardo Portillo, & Mariá Eugenia Dávila, bronze, 38” x 6.75” x 5”, 2014, $9,600
6pd Venus, 39” x 6.75” x 5”, 2014, $9,600
4pd Patina II, Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila, silk metallic yarn, cotton and cooper, 28.25” x 47.25” x 4”, 2014, $6,400
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York (New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, traveling to Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico; Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico); Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. (BLUE); Foundation TAC, Caracas, Venezuela (Azul Indigo and Metales, solo exhibition); Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York (Accumulation NOW); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (Indigo, a Blue to Dye For); Madrid, Spain (Iberoamerican Design Biennial); Bolivar Hall, London, UK (From Silk to Venezuelan Fibers, solo exhibition); British Council, Caracas, Venezuela (Import-Export). Participants: Textile Society of America, Los Angeles, California (Symposium topic: Natural Dyes and Aesthetic Search).
1pd Encontrada I ( Found I ), Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila, bronze casting, 13.5” x 11.375” x 2”, 2014, $2,000
Our work is driven by our relationship with the surroundings and how it can be comunicated within a contemporary textile language. We are interested in representing experiences in materials and processes that bear the imprint of people and places, and reveal the relationships between people and their environments. When we decided to work with silk, we were compelled to travel to China and India to study and research their age-old practices of sericulture. Our experiences were crucial to our training. We have always been passionate about knowledge, experimentation and especially its reinterpretation within our own place and culture, in Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes, we also work with local materials, such as cotton and alpaca from Peru and Bolivia, fiber from the moriche and chiqui-chique palm trees of the Orinoco River Delta and Amazon region, as well as dyes from the indigo plant. For us color is crucial. Our interest in color starts at its very foundations: how it is obtained, where it is found in nature, in objects, in people. Through color we discover the way to follow each project.