1977, Viladecans, Spain
It seems natural, but there have never been flowers that constantly open and close. It seems natural, but there are no butterflies with LED lights. If it all seems natural it is because Raül Beteta explores its movement and harmony, escaping from any robotic syncope, but that does not mean that the hand of man is not the main protagonist. These are works that are alive, like us, in fact they are more like us than like nature as we know it. Beteta has focused not only on the fluidity of botanical and animal movements but also, and above all, on their imperfection. If his works ‘seem natural’ it is because they do not seek the linear neutrality of a car or a vacuum cleaner, but the irregular and unique personality of each object, which turns it into a character. As with Pinocchio, Frankenstein, the Terminator, Pygmalion, the object comes to life and becomes equal to us (“It’s…it’s alive!”). What is so natural about that? And, on the other hand, what is unnatural about it, if we have been looking for it for centuries?
Beteta’s creatures are animated, that is, they have souls, ‘anima’, but both the plants and the insects he proposes are as plausible as they are invented. From his workshops and scrap materials, Raül Beteta has managed to make pieces for museums and stages, and his creations have been shown at festivals in Taiwan, France, Poland and Chile. His work, rather than ‘imitating’ nature, creates new nature and living nature. Beteta is a creator, or rather with a capital letter, a Creator: he invites us to be gods, which in the end only means imagining a beautiful object and giving it life. Welcome to a new Eden, to a new Universe. And let there be light.