Petra Eriksson - Cordoba, Spain
Silkscreen print, edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist, unframed
Destination: Córdoba, Spain
Date: 15 - 20 May, 2019
approx. 27.5"h x 19.75"w, 70cm x 50cm
“I had very few expectations, but I've been excited to see more of Spain and had heard from a group of friends that Córdoba was an interesting place to visit. One of the things I was really looking forward to was to discover the remains of different cultures that has met and mixed in this city over the past centuries. I was also positively surprised that there are a total of four UNESCO Heritage Sites in Córdoba, making it the city with the most UNESCO monuments in the world. Not bad for a city of roughly 300.000 inhabitants.
The Mosque-Cathredeal, La Mezquita, definitely made a big impression on me. It's such a stunning and interesting building. Filled with history, which shows in the way it's been made, with a lot of different architectural styles within the same monument. The origins of the building dates back as far as year 788, when the original mosque was built, since then it’s changed its shape and role during the centuries. It has been rebuilt many times, each century adding it’s own style to a part of the building. I knew early on that I wanted to incorporate something from La Mezquita in my artwork but it took me a while to figure out how. In the end I created an image where you see the building and other parts of the city from the distance of the hills surrounding the city. I also wanted to add some of the tall trees from the old royal gardens and work with the color and round shapes of the oranges that can be found everywhere around Córdoba.”