For years, I could not sleep. I would get into bed, but I could not sleep. Even if the most intimate space, I felt something might happen outside. I would think, I don´t want the night to come. The moment you go to bed and close your eyes, you remember what happened that day.
A solitary figure floats on a mattress in a body of water. She is alseep, or resting, white sheets in a great expanse of water. It is southern Mexico. Alejandra Regalado documents her own durational performances; attempts to sleep while afloat in desserted seas, rivers and lakes.
Regalado often locates her performance in cenotes, the site of rituals that have been used for generations, because, as she states, “I am searching for a way to sleep, to rest in relationship to my ancestors. I draw from the legacies of magical realism but I use the technology of aerial drone imaging to see myself from above. I place myself, unclothed, outside, afloat, to reconnect my body to the environment that surrounds me. I am no longer from Mexico or from the United States; I am at home in myself.” In a time of political turmoil and contested citizenship, Regalado’s work speaks to the possibility of finding home.
SURFACE has been a reveling and inspiring journey between myself and the planet at places that I find astonishingly beautiful. When I open my eyes, what I see is far more beautiful than the images I left behind.
When I create these images I am looking for sensations on my own surface while being exposed to the elements. I close my eyes, feeling full of the beauty surrounding me.
The wind, the water, the sand, animals, I won’t look at them, I just feel. The more I get into this process my body and mind will take me to a meditative state. At this place there are no images in my head, just a profound dialog with my body and peace in my soul. Cold, heat, pain, fear, warmth, pleasure merge through my skin. These images emerge from the struggle of creating my own new reality. I dreamed the dream.
SURFACE is a project about intimate sanctuaries, the human body, the sea, the earth. The skin is the territory where we connect with the planet. We feel through our skin, the human surface.