In their own world, that’s the idea behind these series of new paintings. Surrounded by fantastic landscapes, these women face no taboos, they can wear whatever they please and can also manipulate their surroundings. These women like to wear leggings, whether they are solid, stripped or dotted. They like to match their clothing to their surroundings, which are extravagant and sometimes capricious. In the meantime strange formations and growings occur, pole-like tree trunks, branches, caves, buildings, stone-bearing plants, mushrooms and much more… while planets, suns and meteor-like flying objects dance in the sky.
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Searching for Mushrooms is a series of paintings I made last year in 2017, although not new I’d like to talk about them more in depth.
These series are about our relentless search for something in our lifetimes, whether is something tangible or not. Although the painting is very objective, usually women reaching for mushrooms in rather uncomfortable positions, it is actually describing a deeper meaning. It could well be us looking for answers to questions we all have and many times cannot find, reach or accept.
This idea started while I was walking in my garden and noticed some wild mushrooms growing, bright white hard to miss and of incredibly beautiful shapes. They just appeared from one day to another, right in the middle of my garden, maybe one or two, in small bunches, like they don’t want to be next to the other plants. They made such an impression to me that I have been repeatedly using them in many of my other paintings.
Somewhere along this series I started adding flying objects in the background, to be more precise planets, meteors, comets and the like. I also began to paint some kind of buildings usually in a very abstract way. This is because I want to think these events are taking place somewhere, sometime we don’t know.
As of now, I have painted four works of this series, but after almost a year of working on other themes, I’m starting to get newer ideas to continue this journey.
A new series I started this year and one of the longest so far (and still going.) It started with this painting while working at a friend’s studio. He is a sculptor and while I was there I had the chance to give a try at modeling on clay. I made a couple of small clay sculptures, the second one is what gave birth to this painting. I wasn’t intending for this, but one thing led to another. Anyway, I used the clay model to make this painting, which is unusual to me, because I don’t work that way, I mainly paint from imagination, but it was a good and different approach, something that I can add to my arsenal. The theme of these series is about a man or a woman being on worlds of their own, they can dress however they like, act however they like, there are no taboos, no rules, they are free to do as they please, they can even manage to design their worlds.