Orange Peel by Ana Laura Aláez

Year of creation
Cotton yarn
Variable measures (6 knit objects)

Courtesy of the artist and Soledad Loenzo Gallery, Madrid


Private collection

Orange peel - Ana Laura Aláez

Orange peel - Ana Laura Aláez


You could call it an anti sculpture for many reassons: its small, lifesize proportion; its craftmanship that evokes the traditional recretional activity of crochet; and above all this, because of its direct allusion to the obvious, what's on the surface.
This straightforward and visible concept is often despised by the creative community and its critics due to its uncomplicated nature. We subconsciously associate the word surface with superficiality when describing art, this creates an oxymoron when we seek to describe a piece that is centred around the volume, texture and form of its surface. In theory the surface of a sculpture does not encapsulate the aura of the piece.

Surface is the title for one of my first solo exhibitions. It is a direct allusion to the often conflicting essence of language that can seem superficial yet can delve beneath the surface concurrently. Skin can be taken to mean simply surface material, a structure designed to cover and protect what lies beneath, however studying this surface can reveal to the viewer a vieled and transcendal world of depth and hidden meaning.

The skin of an orange is a perishable substance, often seen as a temporary packaging that is peeled off and disgarded to get to the fruit, which we consider the only important part of the object, the surface has no value. The orange peel is also biologically speaking, what defines the female cellular structure, it is in essence the representation of the female form and as a symbol the orange can have a deeper meaning, that of the feminine, feminine beauty, or therefore if the peel is withered, the lack thereof. As Oscar Wilde so eloquently put it in The Picture of Dorian Gray, 'All art is at once surface and symbol'

Ana Laura Aláez

Translation: Laura Simpson