Statement

WHAT IS CONSTANT

In the (creative) process, my objective is to create a situation that forces my intuition to be completely “in the moment”.
My work is a continual proposition of inquiry and discovery, an exchange between my conscious self and my subconscious.
Most of the time I hope my intuition takes over and then I find what I’m looking for:
an aesthetic solution to restlessness.

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CRYSTAL SPIRITS

(2016-present)

Using bilateral symmetry as a gateway to visual portals in nature, my work challenges perceptions of what is observable, apparent, and subjectively known. My visual depictions of crystals create a space for the process of discovery, to what is hidden in plain sight.   In my recent Crystal Spirits series, I’ve assembled digital artworks featuring photographs from my personal collection of crystals.  Each photograph carries within it a pattern or inherit visual structure that is not revealed until it is duplicated in its mirror image. A fascinating fact about crystals is that their crystalline structure reflects a perfectly ordered repeating pattern of symmetrical geometrical shapes even at the molecular level.1 The integrity of their outer shape is therefore expressed in their inherent nature.  What to the observer may appear as chaotic casual reflections of light, at first glance is always deceiving. I can never imagine or predict what will be revealed and discovered within the crystal photograph until the pieces are put together, like a puzzle that only unveils itself once it is whole.

These crystal images reveal to the viewer what appear as mystical figures brought about in symmetrical shapes. These spiritual concepts of totems, faces, deities, and mythological creatures are buried deep within each stone. The images challenges what is perceived.

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THE SACRED (WITHIN) WATER

(2014)

The Sacred (within) Water is a series of digital artwork featuring photographs of water that is agitated underwater.

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ENCHANTED ISLAND

(2013)

The Enchanted Island series depicts fantastical landscapes and scenery relating to feelings and memories I hold of the country where I grew up: Puerto Rico.

Re-imagined landscapes, nature that emerges from a world that “could be”, mashing together realities with unrestrained strangeness.
Fanciful and banana/palm tree plants carry mythologies of “puertorricaness” that are ingrained in the “guineo” or banana; anywhere from economic wealth from yesteryear’s Puerto Rico to the “Amapola” flower’s perceived sexual virility that goes beyond the island. Here the palm trees and brand stickered bananas give a glimpse into the new realities of global capitalism and juxtaposes a pristine idea of nature with the new world of GMO’s. Could a banana growing palm tree be the next trademarked food? In my piece “Palma bruja” it’s already possible.

Effervescent, bright, alive, are words that I think of when I ponder (with melancolía) the life I led as a child so many years ago.

Memory if left long enough, holds in it either our best life experiences or the worse, eventually with time, these memories are broken down into feelings and flashes of remembrances that become a life story. Fantastical histories come out of this space.

Memory itself can be fickle, fleeting, grasping, even moldable, outputting to the best of it’s abilities what we want (or dread) to remember. Sometime we replace that which is into manufactured memories, glossing over what is “real” and into our imaginations. – What is reality anyway? But a series of memories put together on the fly constructed into a hasty story.

I long for the freshness of the ripened fruit brewing in the backyard or especially from the local “verdurero” who was a staple at every “vecindario” driving in circles yelling with his “auto parlante”: “Aguacates, ñames, guineos fresquesitos, cocos, tomates…” Now, most of my consumption of bananas don’t ever-ever come from the island.

So I return hungry, once every two, three or five years and if I’m lucky, eat guineos manzanos, freshhh.

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A CALCULATED GUESS, OF CHANCE. PRECISELY.

(2012)
LIVING WITH (ONLY) ONE EYE OPENED.

In the world of everyday life sometimes we look up in the eternal search for something more. That longing or request, an answer that we get when we see more of what is there. Like a mirage, prominently illuminated by the color of our dreams and hopes, but ultimately, it is us who give it context and meaning.

The works are illusions of depth and penetrating atmospheres. Creating familiarity and freely making connections with the landscape. The strokes of paint, representing pure energy, we are quite literally on a path from heaven to earth, or alternatively they become entangled in their path reaching a visual limbo.

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AN ILLUSION, A MIRAGE, A REALITY.

(1992-12)
I create universes with their own constellations, mood, and protagonists.
Inspired by topography and landscape, I play with three dimensional illusions and subtleties of depth, allowing for realism and abstraction to intersect.
The process itself is what drives the creation of my artwork. I make certain calculations like overall color schemes, and the shape and size of the canvas, with a most-likely end result in mind, but ultimately, it is the behavior of the materials what determines the outcome.
Sometimes redefining the course of action, taking me to unexpected places and confronting my expectations.
I am, in all accounts, a facilitator of it’s will.