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

(2016-17)

In The Crystal Spirits series, I’ve assembled a series of digital work featuring photographs from my personal collection of crystals and stones. These images are processed to create a kind of kaleidoscopic image, where to my astonishment, I discovered a hidden surprise within them.
Each crystal photograph carries within it a particular pattern that is not revealed until it is duplicated in it’s mirror image. No matter how disordered or random it may appear at first glance, the image is always deceiving. I can’t imagine or predict what I will discover within the crystal photograph until the pieces are put together, like a puzzle that only reveals itself once it is whole.
In my process, what appears as mystical images brought about in symmetrical shapes are in fact crystal spirits, ancient deities, mythological creatures, and gods and goddesses lurking deep within each stone.

How can random stones or crystals create a seemingly ancient divine character? The ideas in these images explore ancient philosophies and new thoughts affirming that everything that exists in nature ultimately follows a particular order intimately connected by sacred geometry.
Look deeply and these crystals spirits will appear to you too.

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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.