Nature


Characteristics:

I suggest that the observer looks at this work on its right side and from the middle part of it to the bottom. After some moments, the observer will perceive its three- dimension. You will see a tree trunk with its green bark, and for a moment, because of its absence, the interior part in fluorescent red, its energy.
Now, looking at the center of the work, always on the inferior part, go along the perimeter or the red stain. You will perceive another three- dimension with a pair of loops: this time, the energy comes from the earth.
Different representations of the same element: life.
On its upper part, a landscape.
Observing it as a whole, there are trees which, through their roots, feed themselves from the energy that emerges from the inferior part. A light-blue sky which holds everything. Both parts are integrated.

Idea conveyed by the work

I got the inspiration to do this work on a record called “Ovo” by Peter Gabriel which came out at the beginning of 2000. “Ovo” tells the story of three generations of the same family. It was made in three acts, the first one focuses on the agricultural period of a past time. The second revolves around an industrial present time. Finally, the third one goes to the future time , putting together both nature and technology.
Along this timeline, we can see how progress modifies this family and the internal relationships of the group. I became very conscious of how important it is to take care of the environment.

It was because of this that I started painting Nature.

I find a strong relationship between this work and another one I made in 1993, an oil of 70 cm by 70 cm that a person owns at the moment, and to which I did not give a name.
On that work emerged a landscape, from expressive abstraction. There is a transversal cut on the earth, with two very defined parts separated on the surface: the inferior one represents the interior part of the planet , and the one on the upper part represents a typical earthly landscape.
According to the buyer of this work, it is the representation of the extremes, good and evil, both represented as unique and without any shades in the middle. (You can see this work from 1993, without name, on this site. Please,click here)

Once again , after seven years, a landscape and two parts.

The difference with the previous work lies in the fact that in “Nature”, both parts complement each other, they interact in a relationship of equilibrium.
“Nature” contributed in dropping lineal concepts such as absolute extremes, thus generating the necessary space for a different point of view, one which accepts multiple relative instances, according to the way one looks at them. A range of shades which are not conclusive. A continuous flow.

Let us look at nature and what happens in it, as an analogy. The ecosystem as its only element, implies a variety of relationships in equilibrium. This equilibrium is sometimes altered by a “progress” which, as time goes by, leads to an irreparable unbalance.

Which is the limit? What does this “Progress” consist of?

This is, clearly, a lineal vision of progress, one which does not admit another point of view but the one of justifying it in order to run away from the ghost of “backwardness”.
Paradoxically, this progress turns out to be the source of real backwardness. This is our own extinction from the extinction of our environment.

In general terms I would say that the moment we take ideas as unique and absolute extremes, these extremes start mixing in a cause- effect relationship. Shades have been left aside, objectivity has been lost, and balance has been threatened.
If we could leave aside the fears which take us to extreme and absolute positions, and go along the shades of this life, even if we should take the risks, with a positive attitude, without being tied to preconceptions, and continuously reviewing our ideas. These ideas which are not even ours, but which had been programmed in our minds by society . Then, we would probably grow up as human beings, restoring the balance in our lives, this balance we had been born with as members of this great village, Nature.

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