There are no eyes, no mouth. There is no face in Biopsias of Sabela Eiriz, however, this is its self-portrait. This Galician artist, student of Elisava, has worked in her short but prolific and successful career with several formats, but where she finds her expression best is in a very personal combination of photography and text.
We are searching for ourselves in each other (The color of pomegranates, Sergei Parajanov)
With this sentence Sabela completes a series of photographs that she presents in seven diptychs. Each one represents a faction of her identity. The two parts of each image of Biopsias are complemented to create a depth that transcends both elements. Making a simile, if each one is a line that represents a single dimension, two parallel or intersect lines, form a two-dimensional space, but the ones Sabela draws do not keep either of these two relations and generate a three-dimensional space where a more complex reality fits.
So Biopsies explores a way to define people beyond the typical labels. The human being as a social being needs to identify himself in order to find his place in the world. Where sex, ethnicity, or age fail to create a sufficient identity, art can be the tool that completes the person.
As Sabela Eiriz explains in the biography of her personal site: “Her creative process starts with a strong feeling that needs to get out somehow: absence, frustration, loss, confusion… human concerns from her own experience. She uses visual and literary art to create a language which allows viewers to experience her work in a personal way, since the final intention is to create a common space where the audience can feel recognised. However, the personal imprint of the author is always unavoidable. “