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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”.

The last decades of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century were a period of profound transformations in Sóller, brought about by the creation of many industries, most of which were created primarily to supply domestic consumption, but also for export. Sóller’s isolation from the rest of the island and the availability of a commercial port further encouraged the enterprising sollerics to set up businesses and industries of all kinds: from textile factories to electricity companies and the construction of a railway.

Garau reinterprets this industrial past in the form of art; from the threads, they take us into the collective memory and history of a village in Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana, giving life to a material that was dead.

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.

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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”.