Delcy Morelos, Moradas (Dwellings), 2019, mixed media. Installation view.

Delcy Morelos, Moradas (Dwellings), 2019, mixed media. Installation view.

Delcy Morelos

Galería Santa Fe

A chest-high wall created a corral or, perhaps, a stage. To enter the bounded space of Delcy Morelos’s earthen landscape Moradas (Dwellings), 2019, one had to pass through an opening and walk along a path of bare concrete. Coating the floor, a dried, shallow crust of dirt was host to an array of objects bearing telluric patinas. The white gallery walls and pillars were likewise covered to chest height, delineating a sharp horizon in a striking formal gesture that gave one the impression of being surrounded by a dark sea—or, alternately, of having been buried alive.

The gathered objects—which appeared to be planks in a lumberyard, nubby outsize incense wands, or torqued rebar—were assembled in tidy piles and swaths. Were these inscrutable objects tools for living or tools for the afterlife? Was this environment an outdoor market or an ancient tomb? Everything was root dark: the color of the

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