May 2, 2020 - May 23, 2020

Hilda Palafox (aka PONI)

Cuando Baje La Marea (Main Room)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Thinkspace is pleased to present “Cuando Baje La Marea (When the Tide Comes Down)” from Mexico City artist Hilda Palafox, also known as Poni. The artist’s absorbing works often contain the female form. The artist shares, “Girls, love, rain, and music are my biggest inspirations.” And whether it’s on canvas, paper, linen, ceramic, or adorning a wall, her work brings together those elements in fresh and uplifting ways.

Palafox grew up and is based in Mexico City, she has an bachelor’s degree in Integral Design and since 2006 has been spreading her beautifully crafted dolls around her home country. Her illustrations carry an air of pureness and at times, a very elegant apathy. She enjoys mixing and matching techniques, for each piece the results are always held together by a gentile and graceful balance. Subtle suggestions of expressions and emotions held together by light bodies and romantic surroundings.

Hilda’s alluring mural work can be found from the island of Holbox in Quintana Roo to the streets of Southern California to the rooftops of Mexico City. Her characters blend in, inviting you to watch, from their pupil-less glances to their doe eyed stares, a seduction that could only be a vision, reminding us of a graceful nostalgia.

Hilda Palafox is an artist who balances fluidity, simplicity and a sort of visual poetry in her work. She lives and works in the chaos of one of the most populated cities in the world and yet her work is ever more calm and romantic.


Cuando baje la marea

The intrinsic softness of silence; in the midst of darkness we often mistake solid ground for certainty.

Amongst the cosmic alignment lay the possibilities of every single one of our existences. As the tide lowers our bodies follow, reaching and crawling to get hold of what the water and salt have whispered to us. Confronting immensity to plot against her, believing truth should be spelled out to us in the syllables we find comfort in. As we scheme the path to our grand finale before we notice, she will have already drowned us.

Could you best attempt to remember when you helped her carry the weight of the ocean? The night you did not seek for its ending and lent a hand to an old friend. Erasing every horizon, shifting the meaning of reality; lost between beneath or above, resistance and malleability dissolving. The smell of the changing seasons and their secrets, the disappearing aches of your own secrets and fears. Blending your eyes with hers, in the end, aren’t we all the same underwater?

In Hilda Palafox’s latest body of work the artist found a calling for the unveiling of her future from a tarot card reading that repeatedly revealed the moon card. The moon here is understood as the drive for the discovery of something laying in front of our eyes that we are unable to see up until the tide lowers. For the artist, such revelation has yet to come.

Carefully depicting the playful lack of an epiphany through rough strokes and layering of colors; portraying her own struggles in tearing down the perception she has of herself. A subtle release of the mind comes with the optic illusion of the place she wants the viewer to inhabit. Corpulent figures settling into the canvas aiming for doubt over clarity. Unifying her pictorial universe through the shift of focus to imagery before color. This exploration of a mystery placed upon her lap becomes a proven reality that answers are not revealed on command but rather unleash our capacity to outgrow ourselves.

Erasing the limit of space and volume, a balance between emphasizing on highlighted figures and the disappearance of contrast; a romantic mise-en-scène of intuition blending with the desperate human need to discover one’s true essence.

By Ivonne Alcántara

(Spanish versión)

La intrínseca suavidad del silencio; en medio de la oscuridad solemos confundir el suelo firme con certidumbre.

Entre el alineamiento cósmico se encuentran todas las posibilidades de cada una de nuestras existencias. Como baja la marea nuestrxs cuerpxs la siguen, añorando, gateando hacia ella para aprehender lo que el agua y la sal nos susurraron. Confrontando a la inmensidad, conspirando en su contra, creyendo que la verdad se nos debería deletrear con las sílabas que conocemos. Mientras planeamos el camino hacia nuestro gran final, sin darnos cuenta, ella ya nos habrá ahogado.

¿Podrías intentar recordar cuando la ayudaste a cargar el peso del océano? La noche que no deseabas que terminara, ofreciéndole una mano a una vieja amiga. Borrando todos los horizontes, redefiniendo la realidad; perdidx entre arriba y abajo, la resistencia y la maleabilidad disolviéndose. El aroma de las temporadas cambiando con sus secretos, la desaparición del dolor de tus propios secretos y miedos. Combinando tus ojos con los suyos, al final, no somos todxs iguales bajo el agua?

En el cuerpo de trabajo más reciente de Hilda Palafox la artista se encuentra de frente con un llamado por desvelar lo que el futuro tiene para ella a partir de una lectura de tarot que le reveló tres veces la carta de “La Luna”. El símbolo de la luna se entiende como el empuje hacia el descubrimiento de algo que yace frente a nuestros que nos vemos incapaces de ver hasta que baja la marea para mostrárnoslo. Para la artista, aún no ha llegado tal revelación.

Cuidadosamente representando la alegre ausencia de la Epifanía con trazos rudos y capas sobre capas de colores; presentando su lucha interna por demoler la percepción que tiene de ella misma. Un tipo de liberación sutil de la mente llevada por la ilusión óptica sobre el lugar a que invita al espectador a habitar. Figuras corpulentas descendiendo sobre el canvas optando por la duda sobre la claridad. Unificando su universo pictórico cambiando el enfoque a la imagen antes del color. Esta exploración por el misterio puesto sobre su regazo es la prueba de que las respuestas no se encuentran a la orden; llevándonos a desencadenar nuestra capacidad de crecer más allá de lo que somos.

Borrando el límite del espacio y el volumen, un equilibrio entre el emphasis de la figura y la desaparición del contraste; un romántico escenario donde la intuición se mezcla con la desesperada necesidad humana por descubrir su verdadera esencia.

Por Ivonne Alcántara