Mariana Castillo Deball

Stylemis nebrascencis Leydi, Tertiär (Hypothesis of a Tree series)

Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975 in Mexico City, lives and works in Berlin) studied fine arts in Mexico City at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1993–1997) and philosophy at the Ibero-American University (1998–1999). Since 2015, she has been professor of sculpture at Kunstakademie Münster. In her works, Deball deals with the production of historical and archaeological knowledge. Her artistic practice is based on concrete research and collections. For example, the basis for the edition conceived for Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is the installation Hypothesis of a Tree, which she developed for the São Paulo Biennial 2016. A three-dimensional “tree of life” enabled visitors to experience in space the diversity of species and their evolutionary relationships witheach other. Each of the branches of the tree corresponded to a certain species – represented by rubbings of stone fossils, which were transferred to Japanese paper using Sumi ink. Most recently, Deball’s works have been presented at, among others, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017); São Paulo Biennial (2016); Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2016); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2014; 2013); documenta, Kassel (2012); Kölnischer Kunstverein (2010); De Appel, Amsterdam (2007).



Stylemis nebrascencis Leydi, Tertiär (Hypothesis of a Tree series)
2017, frottage on Japan paper, ink wash, bamboo, 87 x 95 x 27.5 cm, 5 unique pieces, signed, dated and numbered
4.100 euro member, 4.500 euro non-member