La Azotea by María José Aguilar Gutiérrez

Azotea is a term of Arabic origin which we use to describe the roof or flat covering of a building. An open, accessible area, where it is possible to walk.

In those places that enjoy a sunny climate for most of the year, as does Andalucía, a southern region of Spain, it is very common for the houses to be blessed with an azotea. In the past, that was where clean washing was hung out, and it is hung there still, on cables to dry in the sun.

Carpets were changed and beaten on the azoteas, those now extinct sheep’s wool or cotton mattresses were opened and unravelled. Airing them and fluffing them up was an arduous but necessary duty that was carried out from time to time to rid them of the lumpiness they suffered from as a result of bearing the weight of the bodies that rested on them.

But the utility and service of the azoteas goes much further than this.

¿Ha perdido el Arte su conexión con la humanidad?

Has Art lost its connection with humanity ?

Salvatore Vaccariello has pointed out in his commentary that art is a walk of faith and he has good reason.

Faith, hope, and charity are Christian virtues. From a religious standpoint, they are instilled by God in human beings and with daily practice are capable of development and growth.

Independent from our religious beliefs or the lack thereof, I believe, as I said before, that we are indeed living in a serious financial crisis resulting from a profound crisis of human values and art is being shaken by fraud and market speculation .

Let’s Talk About Art

Each and every one of us has an idea or experience about what Art is or should be, independent from our educational training or our social or financial position. A concept that not all people dare to speak about in public, perhaps due to fear of being labeled culturally uneducated or what’s worse, insensitive.

This shyness is perhaps a shyness induced by interests that, in my humble opinion, have little or no relation to Art and that have made Art, as of today, into a “junk drawer” where everything goes, favoring speculation and fraud.   

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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