Punto de Partida #12
This series started because of the negative way immigrants are portrayed in the media. The work is based on portraits of people who came to the USA at the turn of the century. The goal is to spark the conversation about acceptance, understanding and to see that immigration brings fresh ideas and unique challenges that will enrich our society. It also became a way for me to feel connected with the current civil unrest in the USA. The Covid-19 virus, social distance, fight for equality, among other problems, pushed me to create these portraits where diversity is the binding element.
My work is mostly about experimentation. I like to create artwork from found objects, objects that have no value, or meaning anymore. Objects that when re-arranged, gain a new context and are observed in a new perspective. I play with the human condition and how it is affected by time and emotions and try to convey that feeling in every piece confronting the viewer with it. This process of transfiguration creates anonymous characters that stare at the viewer, characters that could be appearing or disappearing, constructing or deconstructing their world right before our eyes.