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—Dolls—

A reflection on the fragile and crucial role of women in the world and the history of mankind


m u Ăą e c a s collection

8 cultures, 8 races, 8 stories, 8 women, 8 dolls They all speak of women's fragility and strength. Assembled by their joints as antique dolls, all naked, showing how we are all equals. Bodies that we cover with costumes to give us identity and belonging; costumes that make us forget who we are and why we exist. Their only symbols of belonging are in their hair and feet. Each one has a poem describing her life, with features and experiences that inevitably both differentiate and unite them.


Universal Story She decided to be born a woman because the evolution of the soul asks for courage, and lots of it. For some divine reason, only through pain we learn and through love we gain.

So many songs, so many stories, talking ‘bout the same again and again and in the end, only the small things compensate to change. She sings and sings… The more she listens, the more she tires; she must replicate the cries, give her voice, use her hands and her warrior’s bow.

She’s made of three elements: body, soul and understanding; If the body doesn’t ache, the mind doesn’t record and the soul doesn’t evolve.

She must show the roads are long, but at the end there´s always a resting place.

Just as the body is made of parts, as is the path. It bonds with sheer pain and cries and bears with song and laughter.

It’s not the seed but the field. It’s not to listen, to swallow and hide, but to understand, forgive and change, what gives meaning to this chant. By E.V.U


Materials & Technique: Paper Clay, Raku Dimensions: Average 30” (length) x 17” (depth) x 5” (width)


— African — Dikeledi (Tears)


Dikeledi (Tears) Daughter of Africa, 4th sister, 5th wife, mother of two girls that grandma mutilated as she did with her, just to be worthy, just to be able to be one’s wife. Black leather skin, dark as night, vine hair, combing it its a therapy for life; She sings with lunges and dances with wiggle, wraps her daughters in cozy knots, to protect and cradle them from the sounds of the jungle, the jaguar, the lion, the cheetah, the snake, from the war that ended with her family and friends, burned her hut and her people, cut their legs, their hands, their heart and their hopes. They hunt them with fire spears, with thunder weapons; those known old fears are her new tears, tears of pain and oblivion. They tied them with chains and
tore her daughters away as hunting preys; Her bleeding soul is dead... And still, she lives.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—African— Dikeledi


— Australian — Korra (Grass)


Korra (Grass) Native, rustic and of humble nature. Of group belonging and group survival, of starry nights and clean blue skies. Who teaches her, who enjoys her, who fertilizes her, does not own her; ‘cause there are no owners, they will always be as one. She has hands and feet as thick as bark, and skin as dark as coal. She starts the day by giving thanks: for her life, her food and for her hunting man of the flying axe. She harvests fruits, she plants the seeds in the same land where her mother did, this land is her path, her life, who gives and takes, her energy-guide. Her story is written in her scared skin, repeated in her songs, and lived in the time of dreams.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Australian— Korra


— Chinese — Li (Beautiful Fortress)


Li (Beautifull fortress) Peasant girl with bound feet, her golden lotus feet. Porcelain skin, black silky hair, tiny marble eyes full of colors and stories seen in her family’s embroidered silk. At five, her loving life ended and her existence began, she met the more extreme and better justified physical pain, her feet were broken, tied and torn to give them the shape of a flower that she will never see. She will walk on them through eternal fields, eternal mountains, eternal blindness. Women live in the upper room of the house, their refuge from the truth, their school, their torture chamber. Their silk handwritten fans tell their stories in sweet ink and salty tears. Little is needed to hang to this life, so little in return for all that’s taken.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Chinese— Li


— European — Adelaida (Of Noble Lineage)


Adelaida (Of noble lineage) Legitimate daughter, suitable wife, distant mother, devalued woman. Absent, walking on air, doesn’t know her sex as she has never seen her body. Has wasted breasts, white skin, an oppressed belly, closed mouth, transparent eyes and pearly teeth. Tied hair, covered and decorated as a seal of status and belonging. Dressed feet, not fit for walking. Jewelry received in exchange of horrors from a man who embraces and destroys her. Hidden tears from inherited fears. Unwanted children who smell as flowers, nourished by alien breasts and loved by evil hearts. Her nimble hands are agile weavers of barrowed stories, of secret lovers, and exotic countries. She loves, she feels, she’s lucky to read. Music is her strength, and the piano of her childhood, her calm.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story.

—European— Adelaida

Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”


— Hindu — Nayana (Eye)


Nayana (Eye) A princess behind bars, a bird in a cage. Beloved daughter, wealth and inheritance, torture and amendment of the elephant goddess with a thousand arms. The old Maharaja, her husband, king of kings, the unfortunate owner of her life and death. Should give him a child, the only way to be his favorite wife. Almond eyes, sandalwood colored mouth and her life written in her hands. Looks with her almond eyes from her cage, hears what the old hives tell her; lies lived by others, comparing and repeating what they only invent. They dress for anyone, bathe and paint, decorate and dance when sweet music is played for them every evening in their little paradise, one that smells like flowers, like today, like yesterday, tomorrow and forever.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Hindu— Nayana


— Japanese — Kichi (Fortune)


Kichi (Fortune) Almost doesn’t remember where she was born, everything happened so fast; always knew her destiny, was born elected to be sold. Okia, Moiko, Kimono. Her skin is as white as rice, flowery lips and silent steps rhyming with the shamisen, the rhythm of the dance of the maiden’s chants. She owes her future to fortune and her strength to her torture. She will learn the art of the tea ceremony, the dance of the fan and the song of the goldfinch, the punishment of the hair and the rite of the porcelain mask. She will be of women with Dana, of women of flower and willow; she will lose her hair, her skin and her sleep. She will be the mother of a daughter’s fortune, she will be her love, pain, shame and hiding, she will be her relief, smoothness, silence and forgiveness.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Japanese— Kichi


— Latin American — Xareni (Forest Princess)


Xareni (Forest Princess) Mestiza, daughter of the droit de seigneur, negotiated wife and devoted mother. Hands of earth, stony eyes, wide neck of force of strength; toasted skin by the cracking sun and warm calming sweat. Early sexuality, stolen innocence, everybody’s property before her sale. Life-giving breasts, that nourish to exhaustion, support the uncertainties and miracles. Her character is meek, docile and sad. Her feet are accustomed to stones and cuts, smell of smoke, nerves of steel, iron will, without pride or belonging. A buzzer storyteller voice, of dreams of summits, colorful birds, ancient spirits, underworld journeys, bloody gods, golden chiefs, of fearful jaguars, weeping monkeys, purple fungus, singing frogs and butchered forests. Daughter of the earth and rain, of showers that pierce to the bone, that wash her children, her laughter, songs and tragic tears.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Latin American— Xareni


— Middle Eastern — Safa (Clarity, Purity, Serenity)


Safa (Clarity, Purity, Serenity) Born in the dark side of light, her eyes will only see in parts. The innocence of her childhood is not enough to remember the clarity of the world,
the light in the eyes, the air in her face, and water running through her skin. She will be lightly beaten if she is suspected of lack of nobility, openness, friendship, adherence, compliance, devotion, honesty or enforcement, all synonyms for loyalty. She must look down and cover her face with a veil, her body can only be seen by her husband, her mother, sister, slave, niece or daughter, and children who do not know of the female parts. Her walks will be accompanied, only her eyes uncovered; heat, fatigue, weight and obsession. The order,
never to robe with her feet
so that her hidden ornaments are not heard. Her life is written in the holy book
and determined by her wali mujbir, who will choose her husband within the family. She prays to Allah for him not to be old, ugly, uncle or cousin; she prays so he will sweetly impregnate her, hopes he will not multiply her tortures, and bring her into madness.

By E.V.U


Visual Poem

A visual representation of each doll’s story, as told in a written poem. Materials: Digital collage printed on transparent acetate, mounted on transparent prexiglass. Instalation: Suspended with fabric strings. Dimensions: 70” x 24”


Individual giant-sized portrait Materials: Digital print on canvas, mounted on laser-cut MDF base Dimensions: 55� x 60�


Rag Doll Materials: Digital print on fabric, hand sewn, filled with seeds, grains or flowers Dimensions: 20� x 10�


Diorama: Playing in the Theater of LIfe Technique: Photography Materials: Digital print on archival paper Dimensions: Variable sizes


Im-possible poses, Im-possible lives Technique: Digital composite image (doll over a real female figure), bent to shape using digital puppet warp Materials: Digital print, mounted Dimensions: Variable, up to mural size


Cut-out Book LIke a children’s book, each doll features a cut-out diorama with the elements to build her life theater: the complete doll, the articulated doll, the written poem, the visual poem as a scenery and the elements of her life to complete the story. Technique: Offset print Dimensions: 8.5” x 13”

—Middle Eastern— Safa


Limited Edition Print Set 8 Prints on Cotton Paper 16 Print Overlays on Tracing Paper


Limited Edition Print Set

Prints on Cotton Paper


Print Overlays on Tracing Paper: Bent Dolls


Print Overlays on Tracing Paper: Maps


Print with Overlays


The Atelier


The Exhibitions


Estefanía Valls Urquijo Guatemala, 1967

evu@evuart.com www.evuart.com

Studies in: Interior design - Escola Elisava, Barcelona, Spain; ceramics - Scola Sant Jordi Barcelona, Spain; RAKU - Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy; drawing - Bridgeview Scool, New York, USA; fine arts - ENAP, Guatemala. Select Group exhibitions: Salón Contemporánea, Italy; Salon ARGR, Paris; Art Palm Beach and Spectrum, Miami, USA; Gallery Laura Harber, Buenos Aires, Argentina; America’s ClayFest IV, Roseville, USA; Art Expo Toronto - invited Artist; Arte en Mayo - Rozas Botrán Gallery, Guatemala; Gallery Ana Lucía Gómez, Guatemala; Institut International de la Marionnette, Charleville-Mézières, France; The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Artist Studio -Shigaraki, Japan. Participated at: IX Florence Biennial, Italy IX Biennial of Manises, Spain. Select Personal exhibitions: Primo Piano Gallery, Venice, Italy; Patrick Dumken Gallery, Cadaqués, Spain; Ana Lucía Gómez Gallery, Guatemala; Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala; Espacio Alternativo POPOROPO, Guatemala; Centro Cultural José Gorostiza Gallery at the Mexican Embassy in Guatemala; Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida, Guatemala. Recognitions: Artist of the Year 2016, visual arts category, Hemeroteca Nacional de Guatemala. Work on permanent display: Business Center Las Brisas, Guatemala. Founding member and director of Poderosas: Leave Your Mark movement (poderosas.org). Peace Agent for Peace Revolution (peacerevolution.net).


ARTIST’S STATEMENT IDEAS = SYMBOLS = CULTURAL IDENTITY How ideas become symbols and symbols - ideas. My interest: the symbolism in the the world cultures, their ideas and elements that represent their identity. My technique: I always use ceramic because I need to work with my hands, in an exercise of feeling without thinking. Ceramic has its own life, clay and glaze react at will and speak in my work, almost deciding... Ceramic’s fragility and complications challenges me continuously. In history, ceramic has been the most accurate tool in the study of civilizations, it is eternal and universal, a dictionary of symbols. I work in ceramic together with other materials - metal, wood, glass. I tie everything; tying as joining pieces respecting their own individuality, tying to unite, and staying one when released. I have always been fascinated with the old way of signing by the means of sealing, as in the origins of cuneiform writing on clay tablets, using symbols as signatures, so I sign my works with a stamp, a symbol that becomes part of the piece itself. E.V.U

On Enclosed Digital Drive: Complete Publication in Digital Format — Audio and Video Content — Narrated Poems Narrated in Spanish by Diana Morales Guatemalan performative poet.


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E.V.U Muñecas (Dolls)  
E.V.U Muñecas (Dolls)  

A catalogue for the original Muñecas series of 8 ceramic dolls by Estefanía Valls Urquijo.

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