Lana Sutra by Erik Ravelo for Benetton
Erik Ravelo has utilized a mixture of ideas to inform and shape the installations. His soft, provocative and poetic messages began on paper with simple strokes and colour. These allowed for technical and poetic exploration. Utilizing human bodies to explore varying positions gives a natural and intense experience as the moment is captured. The long and arduous patience of the models required a huge amount of work for both parties, but truly encompassed the commitment to the vision. The plastered moulds absorbed not only the scent of the person but also their sweat, fatigue and eroticism. Once the plaster was dry and positioned the repetitive motion of wool revolving around every inch of the bodies not only gives each form intensity and language, but also humanizes it through its soft, warm texture. He articulates that his experiences with different cultures, lifestyles and religions are his palette. His approach to something could be a blue colour but someone else’s approach to the same situation could be red. Together, the interaction becomes the mixture of the two colours to create something new.