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    Daniel Senise (1955 - )

    ARTIST STATEMENT

    The images correspond to the silhouette portrait of a young girl, and its reflection; from her gaze depart (and consequently return) three possible trajectories for the throw of a boomerang. The silhouette of the young girl was appropriated from a book of English silhouette portraits. I chose the image of a child between the age of 8 and 12 because I imagined that at this age the gaze would be already critical, but would still retain a freshness, and not be dominated by the processes of interpretation that culture forces upon us.

    The reality of the girl belongs to the 19th century, the time that her silhouette portrait was made. This origin suggested to me a person for whom the experience of vision is fundamentally tied to the observation of nature. Television, computers - media that transmit the interpretation of images - did not exist. The boomerang's three trajectories were appropriated from an encyclopaedia belonging to my mother and the title of the painting, Três Caminhos, came to me when I was in a telephone office, in Madrid at the end of the eighties; two, very young, punks entered and asked the operator to make a call to a city called 'Três Caminhos.'

    This painting is the second of a series of three. The first painting of the series shows only the girl with the three paths departing from her gaze. The second painting (the one that is in this collection) is the same image with its reflection. The third image contains only the trajectories, without the silhouette of the young girl.

    Daniel Senise

    Translated from the original Portuguese by Isobel Whitelegg

    29/11/2004

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