View of “Sol Pipkin,” 2017–18. Photo: Diego Berruecos.

Sol Pipkin

Machete Galería

View of “Sol Pipkin,” 2017–18. Photo: Diego Berruecos.

The sculptures in Sol Pipkin’s exhibition “Maleza sin pies ni cabeza” (Weeds Without Heads or Tails) were ephemeral works that contained unseen moments of decay, incorporating materials such as dirt, seeds, and leaves. At the same time, many of the objects seemed familiar, since they were made to mimic items sold by street vendors or at neighborhood markets. They subsist as memories both personal and public, reminding us of the fragility that comes from earthquakes and heartbreak.

Pipkin created most of the work for this show while on a residency at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City during and after the earthquake of 2017, one of the worst natural disasters in the city’s modern history. While wounds were still fresh for many, Pipkin transformed the Machete gallery into a place of refuge. You could take a breather on one of many pigment-stained pillows or stretch out on

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