Civilizations

Civilizations 

Acrylic paint, Pencil, Ink / Paper
22 x 30 in
2013

This drawing was an excellent introduction to the artistic elements that the curator of the exhibition that I had in June 2013 taught me during the year leading up to the show. An analysis and review of aspects of the production of my work and the methodology led me to question the origin of my work and style and grow in new directions. The drawing is divided in three planes: the city (where I’ve lived my whole life), the geometric plane representing XXX, and the moon and hummingbird in the back. Both the character on the moon and the hummingbird, the representation of deceased Aztec warriors, carrying the infinity symbol, made me think in the past and the present. I constructed the city with the idea of creating a trip for those looking at this work. I was also inspired by the work of M.C. Escher, who I greatly admire. The city is full of symbols and things that represent elements of Mexican culture and other personal ideas. Between the optical illusions, one can find a frog that could also be an octopus, a fish or maybe a horse; a roof made of fingernails; and the lives of the people inhabiting a building, among other images. The city below is where we all find ourselves, where ideas grow, end, or transform, and where people live with themselves and interact with others. With its own personality, each building is elevated with small details that make it alive.

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