Esgrafiados

In June of 1965, from his residence in Buenos Aires, Luis Seoane wrote a letter to his friend and partner Isaac Díaz Pardo in which he explained that “there are untold Galician shapes that are hidden in the landscape” and that “there they are for those who know how to pick them up”. That shapes can be perceived in the Galician geographical relief, in the tools used in the trades or in the vernacular architecture.

The «esgrafiados» (sgraffiti in Latin) are some ornamental solutions made with lime mortar common in the popular architecture of the Ribeira Sacra (Galicia). The work protecting the facades was sophisticated through the hands of local masons who, since the sixteenth century, reinterpreted the ornaments of religious architecture that they copied on their trips to cities such as Santiago de Compostela, Ourense or Lugo.

Through the geometric intellectualization of these «esgrafiados», a series of works on paper are proposed in which the shapes of the Galician territory appear resignified as vestiges of those untold Galician shapes.