Spirit Vessels

‘Spirit Vessels’ is a new series of sculptures by artist Jorge Mañes Rubio. These works explore the ancestral idea of material culture being embedded with a life force, a spiritual quality that is activated through ceremonial exchange, ancestor worship and other forms of ritual. While occupying a physical space in our world, the meaning and real purpose of these objects is to open new ways of communication between humans and an intangible dimension; to mediate in an endless negotiation between two distinct yet inseparable realms.

Bright colours, bold textures and a wide range of materials —from plastic gemstones to glass beads, crystals, herbs and raw pigments— bestow these objects a humble, undeniable familiarity. Their gracious names suggest a certain awareness, as if striking up intimate conversations with us. In fact, these images speak to us about human renovation and the possibility of finding comfort in times of upheaval. Spirit Vessels acknowledges an ever changing, interconnected spiritual dimension without which we cannot exist nor find real purpose, emphasizing the role humans have played from times immemorial in maintaining a fragile cosmic balance.

I need you to know that even though you’re not here, you’re here (Juanita)
From the series ‘Spirit Vessels’, 2020.
Clay, sand, wood, pigment, cotton, herbs, crystals.
188 x 80 x 110 cm / 74 x 31 1/2 x 43 inches


Mother with Child and the Imminent Possibility of an Endless Journey.⁣
From the series ‘Spirit Vessels’, 2020.⁣
Glass beads, brass, clay, acrylic. ⁣
20 x 8 x 8 cm / 8 x 3 x 3 inches⁣


What if I told you that our most memorable moments are yet to come?
From the series ‘Spirit Vessels’, 2020.⁣
Plastic gemstones, copper, clay, acrylic.
21 x 15 x 8 cm / 8 x 6 x 3 inches⁣