“Between One State and the Other” – the construction of life – is a piece by Rodrigo Calixto that expresses issues which are inherent in the artist’s personal life and common to observers.
In it, the artist puts aside his traditional material – wood – to try different platforms and emerge with a metaphorical symbolism of life: paths.
None of the elements used here, neither cement nor the gold-plated trowel nor the wooden handle covered in blood would have this tenacity if used separately, to narrate what we see clearly: labor.
The cement block, in the shape of a clay brick, expresses, in the visible differences of finish, the relationships between pairs in their moments: past and present, calm and storm, and the very sign of the solid block, that is, construction.
The 18k gold-plated trowel gives the piece an extension of the hands that transform and suggest a continuous and long-lasting action to change. It stands out in gold, an element that reveals the rarity of life, among many other meanings.
Finally, the handle stained with blood harmonizes different perceptions, creates a feeling of repulse at first, but still draws attention to all constructions, particularly the construction of life itself, out of sweat and hard work, which are basic requirements in all stories.
There is not a single path or trajectory, they are always diverse. No matter if they are long or short, no matter how they taste, they are all legitimate while individual.