No. I kept it a secret. I was already selling. I was 18 when I went to my first auction.
On September 22 and on October 27, I will be showing my works in Colombia in a solo exhibition and at an auction as well. I will be showing for the first time the paintings I am showing here in Shanghai and for the auction, I will be exhibiting a very large size fish sculpture, a 3.20 meters high sculpture made with knives.
Tell us the story behind “The Fish” made with knives which will benefit the Police Department.
These are knives confiscated by the Police Department, real knives which have hurt other people. I first started this project taking photographs of the knives, imagining the many stories behind them. I was impressed to find many of them as beautifully crocheted daggers. I asked myself, what were they thinking when they were doing it? I arranged them edgewise so the sharp edge goes in and inside are the other confiscated knives, the innocent ones that never hurt anybody.
How did you get the permits from the Police to access those weapons?
It was such a challenge. I don’t usually show anything before the auction. I thought it was a challenging proposal; they obtained all the permits and here I am making this big fish showing the beautiful side of many horror stories which will be placed in the most important public park of Bogota and then it will go for auction in November.