DIEGO HARETCHE (EN)

DIEGO HARETCHE UY

@haretche

With a degree in Graphic Design and as a Co-founder of “8:30 Design Studio,” Haretche was an Art and Design Teacher at the University of Montevideo for over 10 years. Additionally, he completed carpentry studies at Talleres Don Bosco. Currently, Haretche is focused on visual arts, and has set up his main workshop in Cerro del Burro, Piri├ípolis. His work is characterized by the use of found, sought, acquired elements, and others that emerge from his own creative process.

He takes wood as his main raw material and works with it through various techniques, considering its value and history. He creates flat works, two-dimensional pieces, and volumes with materials and waste from the sculpting process (sanding papers, polishing discs, splinters, nails, etc.), attempting to minimize waste.

Throughout his life, he has dedicated himself to collecting diverse objects, which he treasures in an organized and classified manner, eventually grouping them to create artwork from the sequence of elements of the same origin, group, or category. His work invites one to pause and perceive the beauty that often goes unnoticed. He has held both personal and group exhibitions, and has produced commissioned work for architectural projects in public and private spaces.

 

VERTEBRATE WATERSHED

This piece was created from dozens of wooden pieces formerly used in an industrial machine that worked in Uruguay for over 50 years, tanning leather for various purposes. Among them, thousands of liters of water passed, moving and washing cowhides. Its arrangement in space alludes, on one hand, to a spinal column and, on the other, to a watercourse. The movement and lighting give this piece, besides a great visual impact, an association with both water springs and the spinal column of animals.