Susi (perfectly together) 2022

Susi, is a handcrafted research on the origin of the heart shape,
the manner in which it relates to the real heart, and the romantic connotations
about it. Susi can be read as a brand of adornments to proclaim romantic love.

First, I cut a piece of steel closest to the heart shape using a machine similar to an
electric saw. Then with the grinder, I gave it the final form of an industrial heart. After
that, I used the die casting gun and started to melt the heart until it was as melted
and burned as possible. I melted it until I saw it was about to lose all its shape. Then,
when the melted heart is still burning, I take a hammer and hit it until it is engraved
and the blow of the hammer is visually evident. Then, I submerged it in water using
tongs so as not to burn my skin since it continued burning (...)

When I burnt the heart, I asked myself why I made the heart disintegrate. I might as
well buy industrial hearts. But something happens in my thought process when these
hearts are handmade. Something that I still do not understand, but something I know
I must do to understand the commercial component of the form and shape of the
heart and, at the same time, know how I am related to it through affective
experiences and emotions. Maybe I am trying to understand what it means to be
heartbroken physically. (...)

The origin of the heart shape seems to have started in Greek civilisation, in the
extinct town of Cyrene. The town’s currency used the symbol we know today as the
heart. That symbol was known as the silphium seed. I found on the internet that the
heart symbol comes from a very commercial seed of that town; it also worked very
well as a contraceptive method. Maybe that heart shape and its sexual properties are
where the idea of love was born.

Other first images of the heart also appeared in the epistles of Christine de Pizán (XV
C). In her work, Othea’s epistles, a collection of allegories, show a series of men and
women who offer their hearts to Venus as an allegory of love.
De Pizán’s heart is one of my favourite images of the organ, the symbolisation of love
through the surrender of the heart to Venus. The kind, the cute, and the concept of
giving underlies this romantic symbolism. Christine de Pizán was the first
professional woman writer of the Middle Ages (...)

This text belongs to Susi short essay-poster that you can read in this link:

Susi (perfectly together)
Ceramic glazed, melted steel, ceramic pencil.
View at AMORE, 2022, Basel.
Photos: Guadalupe Ruiz, Paula Santomé, Fiorella Destin.
Susi Ornament II

Susi Ornament V

Susi Ornament III

Susi Ornament IV
Susi Ornament I
Susi Ornament VI
Susi short essay-poster
External view at AMORE , Basel.
Susi short essay-poster
Edition 225 copies
Studio View, Basel, 2022

Susi (perfectly together)