Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My mother in law is from outer space





Mi suegra es de otro planeta.
Su mundo, esa fantasía que le rodea y que parece amenazar con engullir su enorme talento artístico, está lleno de sorpresas. Su casa es su taller. Su taller es su casa. Todo se mezcla y confunde. Sus cuadros, los de sus amigos, sus esculturas, sus ingenios, los móviles colgantes, las pinturas, las arcillas, los plásticos, los muebles reciclados, los posters comerciales, los catálogos de exposiciones y museos, las fotografías de la familia, la ropa rediseñada, los juguetes reconstruidos, los objetos rotos y un sinfín de artilugios que no acierto a comprender.


Este mundo de fantasía les encanta a mis hijas. Es su parque de atracciones, donde, además, todo está permitido: saltar en las camas, pintar casi todas las superficies, mancharse hasta el pelo y descubrir una cosa tras otra sin parar.


Ayer por la tarde mi suegra apareció en mi casa con una pila de papeles. Decenas de páginas de revistas de los años veinte, treinta y cuarenta. Anuncios, notas de sociedad, reportajes de moda y de belleza. Uno a uno, consumí con los ojos esos papeles, maravillandome del encanto de otra era.



My mother in law is from outerspace.
Her world, that fantasy surrounding her that seems about to swallow her huge artistic talent, is full of surprises. Her home is her workshop. Her workshop is her home. Everything is mixed up and blended. Her paintings, her friends' paintings, her sculptures, ridiculous devices, hanging mobiles, paints, pens, clay, plastic sheets, recycled furniture, art decó pieces, commercial posters, exhibition and museum catalogues, family pictures, redesigned clothing, rebuilded toys, broken objects, mirrors, and an endless number of gadgets that I happen not to understand at all.


My kids love this world of hers. It's a homemade amusement park, where they are allowed to do anything: jump on beds, paint in many different surfaces with many different kinds of paint, get dirty from hair to toes and make discovery after discovery.


Yesterday evening my mother in law presented me with a pile of papers. Dozens of pages from magazines from the twenties, the thirties and the forties. Commercials, society revues, fashion and beauty articles. One by one I devoured with my eyes those papers, astonished at the incredible charm of a past time.

18 comments:

Duermevela said...

Me encantan las ilustraciones vintage, cómo encajan las figuras y las lineas.

mado&co said...

¡Es porque soy gran niña!! Hi! Hi!

danielsan said...

Uau! carne de collage!!

instantanés said...

Que bom ter una abuela como esta ... Son cosas, momientos unicos que tuas hijas no vão (tengo que usar el português, desculpa-me) olvidar ! Son una familia de artistas !!! Estas imagenes son lindas, me encanta el grafismo de los aão 20' ... Que maravilha ...

Lucía said...

Podría perderme en casa de tu suegra durante días.

Besos.

mansuetude said...

well, i do love these. wonderful, wonderful. lucky you and your children. to know an open spirit! Thank your mother in law for me, too. :)

thanks for sharing so much.

andrea tachezy said...

This sounds like a fairy tale to me. Though my mother in law is great, I can only envy you your´s :-))

karina said...

Que surte tenes con semejante suegra.
Las ilustraciones de las revistas viejas me encantan.
Tu suegra es como la abuela que yo quisiera ser cuando me llegue el momento.

Esti said...

yes, I have a great mother in law, but if you visit her you have to be prepared, watch out where you sit (you might spoil your favourite dress), what you step upon... Her house is so full of things that sometimes is close to dangerous (broken mirrors when the kids were crawling babies) or uncomfortable (all the chairs covered with stuff she's handling at that moment, for example). I love the creative tsunami she is, when you understand her. However, my husband would deeply disagree at this point. He thinks she is so unresponssible!! And, yes, she is.
I'll post more about her fascinating side.

Kelly C. said...

wow-- her house sounds like a trip through the looking glass, so to speak! these are amazing images. what a treat!

although we keep a very neat house, i think that my husband sometimes feels like he is entering a disaster-area whenever he comes into the studio. luckily-- no broken glass, just lots of papers, paints and stacks of books!
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design for mankind. said...

Oh WOW--- your mother in law is FASCINATING!!!! :)

Raquel said...

Madre mia que regalo del cielo tienes por suegra!!! Si te cuento como es la mía....todo lo contrario!!

karina said...

que tema el de las suegras!!!
despirta pasiones!!!
La mia tambien es de otroplanta pero por otras cosas.

Ciara said...

Brilliant! The best type of grandmother is one who quietly encourages anarchy! Every child should have one!

And thank you for sharing these amazing images!

fine little day said...

What treasures (both the grandmother and the magazines).

Esti said...

today somebody told my mother in law I had posted about her. She was sooo happy. She says she wants a permanent monthly feature in my blog. I'm obliged :)

Marie-Louise said...

Lucky you, wonderful for your child and for your husband. It is not matter of course that everybody likes each other in the family. She seems fantastic ( I will look in to her home).
I have a good relationship to my mother in law (she is a piano player) but she is very old and tired…
Happy reading and I say it again – I like your blog!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary-Laure said...

Que suerte que tenes! Me enloquece el estilo de los anos 20... Es mi periodo preferido. Que elegancia...