Life in the Studio: The Wall of Texture

Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to the visual clash of graffiti, decoaying walls, torn-up ads and the effect that time and the elements have on surfaces. My surroundings and a fascination with the abstract NYC expressionism movement played a major role in me becoming an artist.

For me abstract art opened the door into an intimate journey into the psyche, never questioning thoughts, but working from pure emotion and physical energy. This search most recently led me into shadow work and ultimately inner child work.

To my surprise, the child archetype revealed that my fascination with walls didn't start in New York, but in the war torn streets of Masaya, Nicaragua. Las Paredes de Cal (lime plaster walls) have become more than a reference, but a metaphor for my life, history and the inherited cultural trauma that immigrant child brought with him, and that has waited in the sidelines for the right moment to speak.

The work is a conversation between past and present, aiming to transform and resolve a traumatic legacy. Besides employing writing with both hands for this dialog, I'm very interested in evoking raw texture and light through color. The dark cracks are also important, because as Leonard Cohen said " “that's how the light gets in”.

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