Created for Showcase ITCH, an annual festival that brings together local and international artists, Optimystic is a new installation by illustration duo Craig & Karl in Guatemala City that provides a modern take on the centuries-old custom of sawdust carpets. These are traditionally created on city streets as a pathway for ceremonial processions, and represent an important ritual.
“Locally, the sawdust carpets are expressions of faith and community created in a celebratory atmosphere,” explains Craig Redman. “In creating one, our aim was to adopt and extend these basic precepts, introducing our viewpoint and taking it somewhere new that felt relevant to our lives, without wholly severing a connection to their traditional role within Guatemalan culture.”
“Our creative act is inherently one of optimism,” adds Karl Maier. “It imagines a better, richer, more enlightened world.”