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.
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”.