Caballo I, 2019

This work was first exhibited in Sol Calero’s solo exhibition Archivos Olvidados at ChertLüdde, Berlin in 2019.

Here, Calero repeats the ritual of her childhood spent drawing with her grandmother Luisa Hernandez, who herself was an artist. A pillar of her community in Caracas, Hernandez taught art making and crafts to neighborhood children, opening her home as a gathering place for classes and social meetings. Often using fruit, horses and landscapes as subjects in her paintings, Hernandez left a lasting influence on her granddaughter, in whose work these motifs can also be seen.

Calero recalls a drawing exercise guided by her grandmother, and leaves chalk marks on the blackboard canvases as visible remnants of her attempts to draw horses for the first time.