casilda sanchez

y el mar se negó a ser tierra

winter landscape

high tide

quisiera... (I)

quisiera... (II)

quisiera... (III)

quisiera... (V)

quisiera... (VI)

the touch of proximity

interior with red sofa

los labios de su boca...

ojos que no ven

as inside as the eye
can see(video)

as inside as the eye
can see(photo)

peephole relations, object 1

peephole relations, object 2

the viewer

insides (madrid)

insides (chicago)

insides (video)



intimate diary

the surface existence


quisiera ser tan alta como la luna (I)
(I wish I was as tall as the moon)

5 channel HD video installation, 5 channel sound
dimensions variable


Shown at:

Hyde Park Art Center, Ground Floor Biennial, Aug 23 - Nov 11 2012, (Chicago)

Quisiera ser tan alta como la luna (I) is part of a multi-faceted project exploring the beauty of believing we can achieve anything we dream of, and the danger such motivation entails. It consists on a large 5 channel video loop that shows a pair of giant feet standing up on tiptoes. An endurance performance that naively represents the extreme desire to get tall and touch success, while the balance gets unstable, announcing a potential fall.
A state constant fragile stability that defines the condition of an emergent artist today.

  Quisiera ser tan alta como la luna,
¡ay! ¡ay!, 
como la luna,
como la luna.

I wish I was as tall as the moon
hey! hey!,
as the moon,
as the moon.

Reads the opening chorus of an old folk children’s Spanish song. Most of my female Spanish generation have played sometime under the la-la-la of this song. The rest of the lyrics nobody remembers, but these opening lines captivated us all.

A wish shouted out loud, asking for crazy and impossible dreams, even if it is reaching the moon, was usually sung as loud and powerfully as innocently and playfully. Such lines have always resonated with me, representing the vital capacity of children to dream big, and the necessity for us, adults, to sometimes remind ourselves of that kind of energy that makes us give our dreams a chance, and allows us to try.

But this state of dreaming also has its dark side, making us more fragile and subject to fall from our projected heights. In this sense, it could be seen as the modern addiction to professional ambition and human perfection. A stress that could hardly benefit us emotionally.

Quisiera ser tan alta como la luna is placed in the midst of an ambiguous ground composed by two poles: the beauty of believing we can achieve anything we dream of, and the dangerous and fragile unbalance such motivation entails, tinged with the playful character referenced by the title.