Using ready-mades as they lay in nature, the “Luck Plant” gilded series speaks to the subject of obsession and fetish present in contemporary art, yet, at its core is a deeper link to ancient tradition when gilding an object meant to give it a divine, ever-lasting soul. As early as 2300 B.C.E, the ancient Egyptians used gold leaf to adorn naturally occurring elements like wood and metals.
Paiva’s transformation of this humble, potted succulent into a glamorous, elevated icon of worship is a social commentary on the preoccupation of our modern way of life—the material items on which we choose to focus our attention and adoration.
Image rights: Fran Parente
Buenos Aires, Argentina