Xochi Solis expands on her interest in large-scale works and installations in this overview of some of her favorite projects.
The most exciting thing about being invited to create a site-specific installation is that I get the opportunity to fully engage with the architectural space that will house the final large-scale collage. It is unique to my installation practice that I get to inhabit the same space as the viewer. As I adhere the work layer by layer directly to the wall, I get to ruminate on every detail of a space. From the light hitting the wall at a particular hour to the number of electrical outlets and switch plates, each element has its role in the construction of the layers of my work and how the viewer will receive it upon its completion.
Depending on the location, the scale of my installation work varies from six to fifteen feet in diameter. Frequently these works require me to stretch my full five-foot-four frame to its limits. Each wide brush stroke of paint or large paper cut matches and mirrors the movements of my body, every pinned and adhered element marks the limits of my anatomy.
The largest and most complex installation I have ever completed was for the Denver Art Museum. The final work required a year to collect and create materials that I installed over a full week utilizing a tow-behind crane and two dedicated assistants. The large-scale suite consisted of five collages, each work measuring approximately fifteen feet in diameter and towering over museum visitors, spanning the height of four stories.