Sol Pipkin: piltriquitrón inside

In Mapuche, Piltriquitrón means ‘mountain hanging from the clouds’. It describes a gigantic mass of grey stone and angular peaks rising above the tree line, 2260 metres above sea level. The young artist Sol Pipkin says that it is her “favourite sculpture in the world.”

Piltriquitrón Inside was a project in which vegetation, geology, climates, visions, textures, accidents, paths and cartography were transformed into a symbolically rich interior sculptural space. It was a mode of doing, of making, of assessing and understanding the world. Essentially it was back to basics wisdom; a form of building.

The exhibition was also a homage to Jorge Belanko, a renowned champion of the construction of homes using natural materials from the same area where the artist grew up (Lago Puelo, Chubut). Belanko, whom Pipkin cites as a fundamental influence, is convinced that we have a genetic memory of building our own shelter, for which it is essential to use the resources available in each environment.

“What most excites me is its simplicity of manufacture, showing that we can all create and discover useful or imaginative things with what we have to hand. It’s much more common in rural areas than in the cities,” says the artist.

Sol Pipkin (Lago Puelo, Chubut, 1983) has lived in several different places in Argentina and attended workshops and art clinics with Diego Bianchi, Eduardo Navarro and Mónica Girón, among others. Between 2010 and 2011 she received a grant to take part in the Artists Programme at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. In 2013, together with the artist Florencia Caterina, she conceived the seminar ‘The Flat Upstairs’, which workshops and researches different artistic methodologies in Rosario, where she currently lives and works. In 2014 she won the Premio Artista Barrio Joven at arteBA.