CURATORIAL RATIONAL
 
My collection of artwork is designed around the concept of memory. Our experiences and impressions of other individuals and ourselves relies on our ability to remember and recall information from the past. By using elements of black and white across all my artwork, I am indicating memories coming from the past. My concept of memories is that they are the single most impact on our perception of the world and of ourselves. It is how we know who we are.  
 
The opening artwork, an architectural collage encompassing four famous landmarks in locations I've lived in, is an introduction to myself as an artist and the memories from locations that make up who I am. Thus, allowing the viewer to understand the role of one’s location into one’s memories. Inspired by Phoebe Atkey’s use of line art, I was able to focus on the main details, which is a reflection of the important features of our own memories. The next three artworks grouped together utilize humans as reflective subjects depicted as consciously aware of their memories and past. One’s perception of the self and of others differs as everyone obtains a different point of view of the memories we create. The viewer is lastly confronted with a deconstructed triptych that requires the viewer to reflect as to how memory can easily become distorted. Inspired by Paul Cezanne, it is paradoxical to use still-life to represent distortion. Thus, representing how our memories may appear realistic but can be easily changed and thereby as a result, may change our perception of ourselves.
EXHIBITION PIECES
 
Memories of Home
Pen on paper
29.2cm x 34cm

This artwork incorporates the memories made from all the places I have lived and are combined to embody who I am. The purpose behind this artwork is that home can be anywhere, and multiple places can play an important role in the memories you make. Inspired by Phoebe Atkey’s art, I wanted to integrate her technique into my piece and focus on the line art. Line art is effective in focusing on the main details which is a reflection of the important memories made from different locations.


 

 
Memories Through Different Eyes
Acrylic, pencil and book pages on canvas
50cm x 40.5cm

Inspired by Emilio Villalba’s eye studies, I wanted to incorporate eyes in my artwork to symbolize how everyone has different perceptions of life and of who you are. The red eyes representing the negative and the blue representing the positive. The memories you hold are now stored on a phone, thus it is representative of modern times. The book pages symbolize the stories and memories that everyone holds. Using mixed media is effective in enhancing each individual element within the artwork.


 

 
Generational Memories
Oil and paper printed photographs on canvas
76.2cm x 101.5cm

The photo collage background are members of my family throughout the generations. This work embodies how each individual has made their own unique set of memories. The hands represent the past and the present. Depicting how the memories from my family’s past have led to today. The different skin tones resemble my European and Latin-American heritage, symbolizing my family. Inspired by Kamille Corry’s hand studies done in oil, I wanted to use her technique to realistically depict hands.


 

 

Distorted Memories
Oil paint and acrylic paste on canvas
49.6cm x 40cm (large canvas)
30.5cm x 30.2 (two small canvases)
 

Alcohol is said to disrupt our memory, leaving only a few fragments to be remembered. Through the use of the wine spills and broken glass, this element of distortion is portrayed. Having done a triptych piece, I was able to create chaos in order to enhance the main message of the distortion of memory. I wanted to depict a realistic wine glass and bottle, therefore inspired by Paul Cezanne’s still life works, I utilized oil paints to capture this effect.


 

 
Remembering Peace
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper
30.3cm x 46cm

Using Zografos technique, this work depicts a picture of a street from my hometown. As a Venezuelan, I wanted to represent the memories of peace before all the political unrest of today. The black and white symbolizes the past, while the color represents the livelihood of what it used to be. I used watercolor and a white border to mirror the look of postcards, which are often kept to remember one’s trip. Thus, I wanted to reflect the memory of Venezuela’s past through this use of watercolor. 


 

 
Reminiscence
Color pencils on paper
29.6cm x 41cm

This piece depicts a man in a bathtub staring at his own black and white reflection. The color is defined as the present and the black and white is symbolic of his past. Therefore the man appears to be reflecting on his own memories. Through the abnormal use of color, I depicted the warm tones as the lights and cool tones as the shadows, a technique inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s pieces. Color pencil was used to allow the colors to be more vibrant, enhancing the symbolism of the use of color.