Harvest

Damián Ortega

Inspired by his mother’s handwriting, the piece is an installation of twenty-seven thin sculptures hovering mid-air, lit individually so that their shadows project the letters of the alphabet. Passing from 3D to 2D, the artist explores the original significance of Legere, reading in Latin, which also means “harvest”. The letters stand for the maturity of our languages, from which we can pick meanings like we pick crops during harvest. As cultures and societies evolve, languages must follow. If they don’t, they are in danger of becoming obsolete. Thus, like ripe crop that is disregarded fades, when language stops evolving with the cyclical development of culture it becomes obsolete. Linking the development of languages to natural cycles, Ortega offers the public a reflection on the “tissue” that makes up languages.