Raúl de Nieves
Day(ves) of Wonder, 2007–14
39½ × 23 × 17 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York
The artist began working with beads after a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, where parade goers compete for strings of beads that are later discarded in the street. The rainbow-colored sculptural baby, Day(ves) of Wonder (2007–14), is the first baby de Nieves completed. Over a seven-year period, the artist engaged in a continuous dialogue with the object, attempting to build the sculpture so it would support its own weight. By carefully adding one bead at a time in a precarious balance, de Nieves also crafted a relationship to the object similar to helping a small child stand and walk on their own.
–Risa Puleo, Curator