My work is an investigation of the circumstances and experiences of women and girls that have defined who they are and what they do.  It explores topics related to stereotypes, misjudgments, repression, human behavior, social taboos, and social influence. It also offers an ironic discourse on issues like self-objectification, violence, and existentialist matters such as the fragility of life. By emphasizing aesthetics and constructing a narrative, I paint small worlds that articulate personal stories. My images center on women and girls in ordinary interiors, portrayed in achromatic grayscale shades and glazes in acrylic on canvas. Occasionally they hold areas of bright flat color or flat blacks. 

I study sign processes, signification, and communication of the stories I portray, and by using symbols, I depict images that generate diverse meanings. I surround my women with objects and furniture that hint at their stories. My subjects are ambiguous with their posture on morality, violence, sensuality, taboos, and existentialism. The stories depicted within those images bounce between real-life facts, masked emotions, repressed memories, unexpressed arguments, and the underlying meanings. My paintings never show complete stories. Associations and meanings collide, and this results in the fact that the viewer can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. My images sometimes emanate latent violence, which creates a disconcerting beauty.  The visual seductiveness, along with the use of symbols, further complicates the reception of their layers of meaning.

The recurrence of themes and subjects I often feature in my artwork make allegory to the acts of learning from experiences, loss of control, obsessive behavior, repetition of mistakes, choices that are intentionally repeated, society/cultural/gender patterns, and stereotypes.

My work is inspired by stories of women I have met, conversations, and personal experiences. I am also interested in understanding the social influence on human thoughts and behavior. I am fascinated by the ephemeral nature of the mind and the fragility of life. With influences as diverse as Rembrandt, Matisse, and Balthus, I synthesize new variations from both explicit and implicit discourse. 

I try to leave the viewer orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts and start a conversation about stereotypes and misjudgments resulting from social influence, culture, and the media.

Los Minutos © 2017 | Acrylic on canvas | 30"x20"

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