Artsy: How did you develop your gallery’s roster? What characteristics do you look for in artists and their work?
AM: All of the artists that I collaborate with share a common trait—they have deep spiritual ties to ecology and pay homage to the Earth. A respect for the natural world is something that unites global cultures, from ancient civilization to modern day.
When I first laid eyes on [Olga de Amaral’s] work, my life took on another dimension. I wanted to go inside her work and live in the lush world she creates with her tapestries. In her work, I saw the extraordinary beauty of the earth, and the values of patience, as her work demands much time to create. I also saw courage. Olga shut herself off from the mainstream art arena for 50 years while she created an isolated world of her own in Bogotá. Beyond that, I felt her respect for the history of the Latin America, a continent ravaged by the Portuguese and Spanish lust for gold. Her textiles pay homage to antique civilizations, and have a spiritual dimension evoked by using precious materials like gold and silver.
Since that day, it has been my mission to promote the work of Olga de Amaral and share the incredible artistic world she creates with new audiences.