The meticulous craftsmanship of the Altar collection, in its desire to honor the process and raw materials, is inspired by the flat-surfaced pieces used in pre-Hispanic rituals and ceremonies, especially in sacrifices or offerings to the gods.
We start by selecting stones for their aesthetic and textural qualities, which must comply with parameters of character, size and quality. These characteristics define the final shape and dimensions of each piece, since the rough singularities of each stone are respected, turning them into a series of unique objects.
Installation view from MASA Galeria ‘The Last Tenant’ exhibition, Mexico City, 2021. EWE ‘Altar Tables’.
The process of sculpting the stone is based on an obsessive and precise drilling, and the location of these holes is crucial to achieve the stability of the piece. The tool leaves its mark and trajectory, which we like to leave intact in contrast with some lateral faces and with the pristine surface, alluding to pre-Hispanic altars.
Through this sequence of perforations in different positions and depths with 4″, 6″ and 8″ drills, the marble or onyx block is shaped by a method that requires the piece to be sculpted upside down.