Journey to the Centre of the Universe

In this episode, we speak with muralist maestra Cristina Guitian about her recent commissions at AMC hospital in Amsterdam, with her pieces Memories of the Structure of the Universe I & II.

Memories of the Structure of the Universe I

Memories of the Structure of the Universe I

So this is the second work commissioned. What is it like coming back to expand upon a past project?
It's an opportunity for developing the hard work of the first time further, and for me, it was an opportunity to give the artwork a bit of a twist in its vibe. I did something apparently very similar, but its essence is different. I was still following the brief of exploring the human being and the miracle of life, only this time I explored it from a slight different angle. 'Memories of the Structure of the Universe' explores the human being as an individual while 'Memories of the Structure of the Universe II' introduces the interaction between human beings.

Memories of the Structure of the Universe I


Memories of the Structure of the Universe I

Back in 2009 you said you spent two months researching, did you have to go back and do more research for this project?
The client was commissioning an adaptation of the first artwork without any new content, so I didn't have to do any new research. I actually took a bit of time to read and research, but quite organically since I have a strong interest in the theme, and have actively explored the connection of the Mind and the Body in recent years.

Memories of the Structure of the Universe II - Concept Design

Memories of the Structure of the Universe II - Concept Design

Were there any things that didn't make it into 'Memories of the Structure of the Universe' that made its way into this second project?
Yes and no. They are just completely different artworks. 'Memories of the Structure of the Universe' has a different feel, It's more abstract and exploring a deeper realm in the individual. 'Memories of the Structure of the Universe II' is more relaxed and figurative, it introduces the interaction of two human beings.

Being 12m shorter than the last project, were you able to put more detail into some areas?
The amount of detail is quite similar in both artworks. I don't normally base the amount of detail in the size of the artwork, but more in how it sits within the space.

Memories of the Structure of the Universe II

Memories of the Structure of the Universe II

Were there any issues? If so how were they resolved?
Luckily there were no issues. First time I had a few complications and had to work really hard to solve them. But this time I had learnt from the previous experience so everything was much smoother.

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What is your favourite part of this project?
I like the sense of affection behind it, in the interaction between the characters. As it's written on the dotted pattern that the girl is blowing out of her mouth, she is actually 'Blowing Nice Wishes Your Way'; so in the artwork she is sending the wishes to him, the guy portrayed in front of her, but she is also sending them to You, the viewer.

Click here to view more work by Cristina
Click here to view Memories of the Structure of the Universe I video