Doris Salcedo’s Stacked Chairs
Doris Salcedo is a Columbian born sculptor who travelled to New York to study before returning home.
Her work is hugely influenced by her experiences of life in Colombia, and is generally composed of items of furniture like sets of tables and chairs.
This is evident in the famous art installation for the International Istanbul Biennale in 2003.
She used over 1,600 wooden chairs stacked precariously in the space between two buildings.
Salcedo makes sculptures and installations that function as political and mental archaeology, using domestic reclaimed materials that have years of use in everyday life.
Doris Salcedo’s work draws on complex ideas which link her art to poetry and philosophy.
In each instance her sculptures are physical embodiments of actual experiences.
The power of the work is in its ability to convey the essence.