Faust appears when Juan Delgado’s practice goes from figurative art to radical abstraction. During this transition, he reviews his personal history and arrives to German romanticism, particularly to rereading Goethe’s Faust. Delgado decides to address this literary piece by overlapping random paragraphs from the book and adding a sound recording consisting of an elusive correspondence between German immigrants. The outcome is the noise of multiplied voices that amplifies the search for meaning that takes place throughout the book and is transformed into an image by means of the resin objects.
Over this strip lies a narrower strip that is black and violet and finishes the installation. It is also a sound recording taken from the songs that the communities in the Colombian Amazonas use in their healing ceremonies. In these rituals, the songs and the entheogen plants are the way with which man finds a path to connect to their god; there a synesthesia takes place, and the sounds transform into visions that pierce consciousness. Faust shows us two ways of approaching the transcendence of being; two cultures that are confronted by rational thinking and intuitive experience; two paths to go through the dark night of the soul.