Joanna Escoval’s artistic preoccupation relates to the pre- industrial times when the relationship with the object was still strong. Her artworks are sculptures made of certain metals like gold, silver and copper. These natural elements are not randomly selected, as the artist searches for the origin and purpose of the object. The metals have chemical components that can be found in the human body and in everyday objects as well. They produce matter and therefore existence. It’s this primordial matter that both living and non-living beings share. Thus, the unity between the object and the subject, between the real and the spiritual is the main idea in Escoval’s work. The artist examines how everything is entangled and connected. How boundaries between nature and culture intertwining or/and efface. This is the reason why Escoval’s sculptures can not only be perceived as appearances in their raw, authentic state but as dissolution of matter. When the artist melts the metals and allows them to take the form and the aura of people and space that surround them turning them into conducts of energy, tools for keeping away the bad energy and absorbing the good one.
Joana Escoval’s works are passages, open ended but invisible paths. Metal’s rhythm and fluidity, transition and transmission suspended in time. The past and the future lose their significance under the concept of immanence. An integral struggle takes place within the sculptures, creating a distance between the object and the viewers, which force them to confront themselves, to find their own significance in the world.