Under the guidance of the artist Javier Viver, the workshop proposes to participate in the realization of the pieces that will be part of an ephemeral sculptural installation, made of stone salt, the ‘Lot’s Wives’.
In the workshop, directed by Javier Viver, participants will take part in the process of making stone salt sculptures from an aluminum mold previously made by the artist. During the process, they will have to consolidate the salt inside the molds and bake them in an oven at a temperature of 300º until a compact piece is obtained, a life-size sculpture of Edith, Lot’s wife. Finally, the pieces will be transferred to the Museum of the University of Navarra and work will be done on the composition of the installation Lot’s Wives, which will be located in the North Patio.
The proposal involves a considerable degree of experimentation, since they are experimental sculptural processes that imply a great deal of innovation and a certain degree of uncertainty.
A look into the future
The work is based on the biblical story in Genesis, which tells how Yahweh saved Lot’s family from dying in the fire that he threw on the city of Sodom. As they fled to Zoar, he commanded them not to look back. However, Lot’s wife disobeyed the divine command and became a pillar of salt. The New Testament also contains the words of Jesus referring to this episode: “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will keep it”.
Based on this passage and framed in a university context dedicated to research and the training of new generations, the episode admits many interpretations. The sculptural installation poses a reflection on how to look at the past in order not to remain crystallized in its securities and to project oneself into the future.
Mujeres de Lot also implies a social dimension, the possibility for the individual to form a collective that looks in one direction, both forward and backward.
The workshop ends with the installation of the pieces within the Women of Lot sculptural ensemble in the Museum’s North Patio, an invitation to the public to contemplate the imprint of the passage of time on the work. The artist will meet with the public in the hall on Friday 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a visit to the installation.