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TONI GARAU

ART IS THE MAGIC OF CONVEYING EMOTION

The thread is the main element
of a collection of works of art.

Toni Garau (Sóller, Mallorca 1974) a well-known Solleric artist who is sensitive to the history of the textile industry in his town and the revolution it brought about, wanted to pay homage to a whole generation of workers (men and women) who, with their effort and dedication, made the town of Sóller a prosperous one full of hope. Toni Garau’s work is a reinterpretation of the use of a material with a history, thread, turning it into the main element of a collection of works of art; at the same time, a part of the history of Mallorca is presented which, in an artistic way, is prolonged in time up to this very moment.
“Looms, shuttles, bobbins, warping machines, heddles, warp beams. Threads that pass in and out, over and under. Threads that cross and intertwine with each other without apparent direction. Threads that tell stories and have spun generations. Cotton threads, often camouflaged with the colour of natural Indian. Yarns that become a fabric popularly called ‘tela de llista’. Looms that stopped weaving the memory of a people. Yarns that have been forgotten”.
His work is based on the background related to the textile past of his hometown, but radically changes its form and position, resulting in a sculptural work of simple and elegant lines.

Las últimas décadas del siglo XIX y las primeras del XX supusieron una época de profundas transformaciones en Sóller, propiciadas por la creación de múltiples industrias, la mayoria creadas, en primer lugar, para abastecer el consumo interno, pero también para exportar. La situación de aislamiento de Sóller respecto del resto de la isla y la disposición de un puerto comercial animaron aún más a los emprendedores sollerics a poner en marcha negocios e industrias de todo tipo: desde fábricas de tejidos hasta empresas dedicadas a la electricidad, pasando por la construcción de un ferrocarril.

Garau reinterpreta este pasado industrial en forma de arte; a partir de los hilos, nos adentran en la memoria e historia colectiva de un pueblo de la Serra de Tramuntana de Mallorca, dando vida a un material que estaba muerto.

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18TH SEPTEMBER 2021

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Art is very difficult to describe, but it has the ability to convey feelings, emotions and perceptions about experiences. With the collection “deRAÍZ” he has let himself be carried away by the melancholy of the past. “Those of us who have had a rural childhood have been able to enjoy many “little big” things; things like exploring abandoned paths, looking for a four-leaf clover, finding ladybirds with an odd number of black dots or discovering the mystery of a shower of stars. We have grown up being in nature. That is very educational. Those of us who grow up in an environment like mine are told where the big bear is; and we have had experiences such as being chased by a flock of sheep or chasing them yourself! We have grown up riding our bikes without fear, feeling free… These small details make you have a different childhood that con- nects you, indisputably, with nature and, in my case, awakened a deep sensitivity and love towards our environmental surroundings. All this has marked my life. It has woven in me the basis of the man I am: a hard-working, committed, sensitive and concerned about the environment and the world we leave behind”.