REMINISCENCIA DE MI TROPICO

El concepto de mi trabajo me permite mostrar y transmitir mi percepción del ambiente de mi Venezuela natal, en donde compartí inolvidables momentos de mi vida con sabores, olores y colores tropicales que se hacen evidentes en mi obra de arte como íconos y testimonios vivos de mi pasado.

Los peces, héroes precursores de mi obra aparecen como bañados por los colores del mar, desplazándose por las cálidas aguas y reflejando en su cuerpo los colores tropicales. La forma delicada de la garza emerge de un encuentro casual al amanecer en el jardín de mi casa, con una hoja seca de plátano verde. En una trama de alambre, hierro, arcilla y vidrio, he capturado la atarraya utilizada en la pesca en los atardeceres de Higuerote. Detengo esta red mágica en el instante fugaz en que suspendida en el aire, reta la fuerza de gravedad. Su forma circunscribe el azul intenso del cielo tropical, antes de caer y rendirse al poder ondulante de las aguas del Mar Caribe.

Hoy viviendo en Norte América, la calidez del trópico navega aun en mi sangre como agua, arena y espuma del mar. Con mi nueva colección en porcelana capturo la pureza de estos elementos y creo un albergue para las flores que provee cada estación del año.


REMINISCENCE OF MY TROPIC

The concept of my work allows me to show and transmit my perception of the environment in my birth place Venezuela, where I shared unforgettable moments of my life with flavors, smells and tropical colors that are evident in my art work as icons and life testimony of my past.

The fish, hero and forerunner of my work appears bathed by the colors of the sea, shifting through the warm waters and reflecting on its body the colors of the tropic. The delicate form of the heron emerges from a casual encounter at dawn in my home garden with a dry green plantain leaf. In a weave of wire, iron, clay and glass, I have captured the casting net used to fish at dusk in Higuerote. I freeze this magic net in the fleeting moment in which suspended on the air, challenges the force of gravity. Its form circumscribes the intense blue of the tropical sky, before surrendering to the undulating waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Today, living in North America, the warmth of the Tropic still navigates in my blood stream like water, sand and foam of the sea. With my new porcelain collection I capture the purity of these elements, creating a shelter for the flowers provided by each station of the year.


ALABASTER

Alabaster is more than a stone to me, is a magical element. Alabaster is a strong, transparent rock that brings out of me the deepest sensations and the most intimate feelings. In carving this stone I have experienced happiness, sadness, sorrow, separation, loss, adventure, expectation, risk, strength, and attachment. These are all elements of my soul that this stone connects to when I work with it.

This stone also symbolizes my past, leaving it and putting it behind me with courage. Alabaster is the expression of a stone through itself and of me as a sculptor through my own soul. This is a stone that allows me to transform it with my hands and tools, but also is a stone that changes me as I work on it. Its clarity, its transparency and translucency, its softness and roughness, are all elements that engage my soul, that entice me to work more, to create forms that while heavy and solid, appear soft and light to the eye. I transform rock into silk, into melted wax, frozen magma that has kept its warmth.

The works on display at this exhibition are a sample of my connection to Alabaster as a sculpting medium. They are also a sample of the work that best represents my working years as an artist in New York City. Alabaster carries in itself from its rough state to the moment I mount it as a sculpted piece, the struggle, the effort, the sacrifices, the turbulences and accomplishments, the shortcuts and the games, that life demands everyday. This stone symbolizes the strength and persistence of the soul.