A cocoon between the labyrinth and nature

María Eugenia Diego admits she got lost in the narrow streets of Córdoba on her way to the Palacio de Orive. And there’s something about the way he tells it that makes one think about the possibility that he’s been confused on purpose, looking for clues and signs in a city he already knows – he was a production assistant at the Flora Festival in 2019, and participated in the parallel activities in 2021- but that he is still looking for the tickles.

Kokon wins the Patio Talento Córdoba City of Ideas by Flora competition

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“I am still struck by the labyrinthine streets of Córdoba and the temperature games that occur when you change streets, those trees that flow over the walls, that game of labyrinth against nature that exists in the city”, Maria Eugenia would later reflect Diego, better known in the world of floral art as Cocoon, is a brand new winner of the Patio Talento 2022 competition, making her one of the artists in the competition this year.

The way is natural, explains the young woman, originally from Zamora, who comes from the world of architecture. “It was a cumulative, very beautiful and natural process, closer and closer to this country that I wanted, but at the same time, parallel to my growth in the field of flowers,” he says before recalling that in 2021 d. he also participated in Patio Talento. Then there was no success. On the second – yes. And double joy: he got his favorite patio in Córdoba, that of the Palacio de Orive.

favorite yard

Cocoon studies (remembers) the architectural, geometric and lighting layout of the Palacio de Orive from early on. She is accompanied by Flora General Manager Maria Van den Einde and Artistic Director Emilio Ruiz. They are accompanied by two assistants. Three years ago, Cocoon was one of them.

It was in 2019 that the artist helped assemble and produce the static field, the impressive installation by the Thai collective PHKA at the Palacio de Viana. Even then, Maria Eugenia would run away to Orive, her favorite place. For the whiteness, shine and purity of forms. “It’s not a geometrically complicated yard, and I liked that the proposal had to be here.” Because it suits me a lot of what I had designed, “explains the breeder of Patio Talento 2022, who presented a proposal adapted to this space.

A suggestion that won’t say much to maintain suspense. “I’m a mix between the architectural and the floral. This installation will be a conversation between the two worlds. It’s inspired by the contemporary and the traditional,” Kokon will explain about an installation that will compete with the best of floral art – Maurice Harris (USA), Cordero Atelier (Spain), Yuji Kobayashi (Japan) and Emma Weaver (UK ). Kingdom)-, and with which it will seek to generate a point of “enigma, fascination and play”.

The ephemeral versus the eternal

How much remains of the architect in the proposal of floristry? A cocoon says it all. Although he admits that the flowers taught him to compensate for the grandeur of the architecture. Thus, far from the idea of ​​eternity that is associated with agriculture, “flowers teach us that although they are ephemeral, they are reborn in a different way”, reflects the artist, who parks his work in a studio to enter Loewe florist.

There was no insight into this change. Cocoon didn’t have a flower fall on his head, but he learned about flowers by working. “There were many moments of doubt, and I still have them, because leaving architecture in the art world creates a lot of doubt. But it was a time when I started to feel that I was enthusiastic about my work and that I liked working with living elements”, points out the artist who, although she avoids the superlative adjectives usually associated with working with flowers, you will understand , that this is a material that requires a lot of attention.

“They are delicate elements and it forces you to work with a certain pause. There is a very nice connection”, will say Maria Eugenia Diego, who recalls that in the prison there was an increase in the sale of plants, because the way we know how to create a pleasant environment is through plants. “It’s because we’re so connected to nature that even though it’s advertised less in cities, that feeling and that instinct is there. We have lived much longer in nature than in cities,” points out the new holder of the Patio Talento de Flora, before returning to the labyrinthine streets of Córdoba.

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