The Skin and the Language of Fertility
Revuelta’s works show strong ties to the ideas of sacrifice and fertility, which, in turn, are closely linked to the skin’s function and uses. In prosperity and fertility rites, the aim is that rain will inseminate the earth, that the masculine sky will contract a mystical marriage with the feminine earth. The call for this union that activates fertility is made with the language of drums, which are stretched skins. Skin is the mediator between the parts, the instrument that speaks the language of both, connecting the earth and the sky. Before the bell, man’s communication with supernatural forces was established by means of skins stretched over sacred drums that stunned the air with the rhythms of the tribal language.
Javier González de Durana — The Skin and the Language of Fertility
The Tower Wounded by Lightning: the Impossible as Goal. Exhibition catalogue — Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — 2000