Espécimen 11
Daniel Ortega

Year: 2016
Medium: Pigmented polyester resin
Dimensions: 65.5 x 50 cm · 19.7 x 9.4 x 6.3 in

This piece belongs to the series of sculptures ‘Naturaleza oculta. Proceso de deshumanización’ (Hidden nature. Dehumanising process) which explores the impact of cultural and technological development on the limits of human nature and the growing distancing between us and our biological origins.

The result of a resin cast made from a found rock, it consists of a formal replica of a unique organic formation whose source material has been completely replaced by another. Although in other works the artist presents a visual symbiosis between the natural environment and that of technological production through material contrasts, this time the final product is presented in a single material, suggesting a total supplanting of the organic element by an artificial, alien-looking one. While its morphology gives away its geological origins, its satin finish in industrial and contrasted colours invests the sculpture with a ‘pop’, eye-catching aesthetic, closer to the realm of consumerism than to that of natural science.