Mexican ArtPrize artist uses kites to depict childhood struggles
October 3, 2013 | WGVU Sabastian
Salamanca Huet is a young Mexican artist who has traveled to Grand
Rapids from his native land for ArtPrize 2013.
Self-described as a
multidisciplinary artist, his exhibition “Childhood Desires” is based on his
experience as a young boy.
kites are trapped in trees: unable to fly, their beauty residing inside the
material from which they are made. Being trapped is what the artist says he felt as a
child: stifled, unable to chase his dreams due to a bad relationship with his mother
that has since been restored.
kites are comprised of china color paper, wood sticks and string, which with time
will disappear; a representation of the artist’s childhood, full of erased
memories and moments of change.
Sabastian says he first learned about ArtPrize from a
friend, Max McClemmens, who visited Mexico in April. Close to the installation
are QRcodes, which can be scanned to
show a video named "Windows from the past."