NURIA RIAZA - Douleurs, Migraines et Sonates


29 May – 26 June 2020


Nuria Riaza draws, paints and sews. Her works are the result of personal reflections that the physical and emotional pain of bad genetics causes her. A white light, followed by a buzz, begins the ceremony. Tingling from tongue to toe, and the inability to articulate words lead her to nothingness. A lateral flash of colors surges strongly as if it were an LSD hallucination. A repetitive beep and stabbing pain recur at a specific point. The helplessness of knowing that these sensations are going to be repeated, and will always be out of control, leads to the need for total isolation from the deep tearing of an inner part that only thinks of howling and emptying itself at last. Nuria Riaza draws, paints and sews her experience with migraine with aura.

Migraine is a recurring headache that appears parallel with sensory disorders known as aura. A condition known for thousands of years and that has affected, in a curious way throughout history, numerous artists who transferred the images experienced during the outbreaks to their works. It has been a source of inspiration for artistic movements such as Surrealism, Dadaism and the painting of Scuola Metaphysics, which sought to go beyond physical reality. Artists like Giorgio de Chirico, its greatest exponent, explored in their paintings the inner life mixed with everyday objects, isolated, in dreamlike atmospheres and taciturn architectures, which always look to the past.

In the same way, Nuria Riaza goes in-depth into what is real and delves into the dark areas to show how the pain in her daily life can result to be fantastic. With a concise knowledge of the situation that affects it and an exquisite technical rigor, she transports us between delusions of fantasy and reality to her particular world, just as Carroll did in his books.

Douleurs, Migraines et Sonates is made up of its own imaginary that is born from the family, from her memories and genetic inheritances in the form of material objects that accompany her, but she is also inspired by the drawings of ancient medical books, where she finds the models to transfer her experience to. Circular and distorted figures, like chemical waves moving through the cortex of the brain; painted auras that expand acrylic and turn objects into zigzag lines; the ink from the BIC pen that blends blue and black in the shadow areas and turns them scotomas; and the cotton threads of intense primary tones, which become strong against the paper like a hallucination, are the elements that portray the reality printed in the work of Nuria Riaza.

Cristina Chumillas