No belief without proof
2021
Acryla gouache, graphite, ink, polymer clay, soapstone, wood, marble, plaster, glass and metal

In their mysterious practice, stage magicians are the keeper of secrets and mediators of the untold. In the space of the magic trick, seemingly ordinary objects become extraordinary: they levitate, disappear, multiply, divide, among many more unbelievable feats. No belief without proof takes a speculative look into the techniques of the stage magician, not by exposing the tricks, but by tracing around the illusion itself in fascination. Stage magic is enigmatic, yet also born of modest origin. Existing within the preliminary space of actual magic, it treads the line between truth and lies.

Placing a half-table reminiscent of a top hat against a mirror, a set of curious objects laid on the table-rim duplicate in its reflection as a composition of paintings float above it. In No belief without proof, Ocampo becomes the magician’s acolyte, following the magister in eager intrigue, seeking to make advantageous use of the physical space to also construct an illusion from fantastic, yet logical means.