Curative Mouth

Carolina Caycedo, Colombian, (born London), 1978



Hand-dyed fishing nets, steel chain, lead weights, quick links, paracord

Overall: 216 × 144 × 144 in. (548.6 × 365.8 × 365.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund

Artwork © Carolina Caycedo. Outdoor photography from Made in LA 2018, courtesy Brian Forrest. Installation view from Hunger As Teacher/El Hambre Como Maestra, Commonwealth and Council, 2017, courtesy Ruben Diaz



Place Made: Colombia, South America


21st century

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Research Area


Not on view


Curative Mouth is part of Carolina Caycedo’s Cosmotarrayas series, which consist of suspended sculptures assembled with handmade fishing nets and other objects collected during her field work in riverine communities throughout Latin America. The privatization of these waters by large corporations adversely affects these communities’ fundamental economic as well as social existence. Paralleling the delicate balance between the waterways and the communities dependent on them, each net is delicately bound to the others with fishing rope. As an ancient invention still used today, fishing nets also embody strength and resilience, and the artist weaves together narratives "of dispossession and resistance" into her lyrical sculptural works.

Caycedo sees her research-intensive practice in line with her activism. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice, and her work, in her words, "contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non repetition of violence against human and non-human entities."

From the 2021 exhibition Drawing Lines, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art

Course History

SART 16.01, Sculpture I, Matt Seigle, Winter 2022

SART 16, Sculpture I, Matt Seigle, Spring 2022

Exhibition History

Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, June 3-September 2, 2018.

Drawing Lines, Dorothy and Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 10, 2021– September 4, 2022.


Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, California; sold to present collection, 2020.

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