Haunting Art in Puerto Varas : A Quick Post! – Puerto Varas, Chile
Through Latin America we haven’t come across many art galleries, at least outside of the big cities, but we did come across a nice one on our walk yesterday here in Puerto Varas. The featured artist is a local guy, Guillermo Grez, from the nearby Chiloe Island. From what the curator said, he makes all his own work: the fabric (though it looked more like cotton or muslin, so maybe she meant he shapes it rather than makes it?), the patterns, does all the painting and makes the figures. Pretty amazing stuff!
The story: apparently there is a legend on Chiloe Island about the Trauco, a dwarvish fellow who gets blamed for all the Island women who get pregnant before marriage. Supposedly he is known for raping virgins and all sorts of nefarious deeds when I think we all know what really happens. Anyway, this was Grez’s take, showing the Trauco just resting and asleep as he’s actually very lazy and has no interest in everything he’s blamed for! So sad to be so misunderstood…
Guillermo has a couple of other exhibitions up around the area right now (our friend Manuel loved the one he saw on the Island last week), but I don’t think we’ll get to see any others as we’re headed on an overnight bus to Santiago tomorrow. A great final artistic adios to Patagonia and Southern Chile!