"Enrique Martinez Celaya's interdisciplinary practice, which encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and writing, is influenced by a wide array of interests including Nordic poetry, quantum physics, the emotional mechanisms of kitsch, analytic and continental philosophy, Latin American literature, and everyday life. In The Pearl, Martinez Celaya transforms almost 12,000 square feet of SITE's gallery spaces into an immersive environment that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, waterwork, sound, and writing, as well as the artist's first musical arrangement. This exhibition integrates and expandes many of the elements and ideas that the artist has engaged with over the last several years. In The Pearl , the artist takes the notion of home as both a point of departure and a destination to craft a visual poem of strong emotional, philosophical and psychological resonance. The structure of the exhibition invites a specific movement through the galleries thus unfolding a multi-layered narrative where objects, images, and and references are curiously reconsidered in a similar way that a piece of music , a film, or a novel are revealed in time.
In creating The Pearl, many materials and ideas came together as Martinez Celaya transforms the entire building into a work of art, whose imagery points to the natural world and the everyday seen through the window of sorrow. But far from being a work of despair, the power of The Pearl resides precisely in its ability to reinvent loss as hope and the mundane as the fantastic." Site Santa Fe