This body of work was produced during my residence in Granada during the summer of 2016. These paintings on paper engage in that
“always” conversation and endless fascination I have with history. My work delves into what I call, “the politics of inclusion”, therefore my fascination with the first European settlements in American (with its atrocities and its beauties), the creation of a new race as part of its multifarious consequences, the American dream, the many layers to the idea, the aesthetics and inventions of it are a constant source of inspiration.
From Jerusalem to Rome, North Africa, South of Spain, La Hispaniola, the Caribbean Archipelago, New Orleans, Manhattan to that liquid highway of The Atlantic Ocean, those are sites that inform my world. Observing and talking to its people, it is the way I collect stories and I allow myself to imagine/ fabulate /daydream through them. By witnessing/experiencing places and its people, I compose and recompose, and I develop my visual dictionary. These paintings on paper are multi layered, in my tradition of baroque. They are visually and spiritually lush. It is an imbedded contradictory history of fleeing, rooting, freedom, enclosure, brutality, beauty. Every figure belongs to every land, every symbol merges with other symbols to become a new one…exercising another flavor of diversity in existence always. It is that diversity that finds a way to float and become visible in my search of beauty and truth.