Angels Ribé, 6 Possibilities of Occupying a Given Space, (1973)
“I think that somehow we are reproducing gestures that a long time ago had a concrete application. Now, as an artist, I can take a knife and symbolically cut the water in a lake. Maybe a long time ago a medicine man was doing exactly the same gesture or ritual with the practical purpose of entering another level of being or insight. An “art idea” can be only communicated through an “art piece”. And it is in this “art element and its subconscious communication” that I’m very interested.”
-Angels Ribé, 1976
Àngels Ribé conceives art as an experience, not an object. Although her access to artistic practice was through sculpture, in 1969 she abandoned formal sculpture in favor of actions understood as experiments with nature and the body.