(aka: Pia de los Muertos and Her Dark Half)
I’ve always been fascinated by the macabre and the unspoken. When I was a child I often witnessed the families of recently deceased coming to our home and commissioning my father, a stonemason and sculptor, to create beautiful tombstones and gravesites. The hushed tones and whispers always conjured up the wildest images in my head. Death was an everyday, natural thing to me because it brought my father work. We had tombstones and sculptures all around our front and backyard for display, which made it look like we lived in a cemetery.
Creating is catharsis to me. Most of the time my art is spontaneous and impulsive. Sometimes it evolves over months or even years. The urge to create comes and goes in waves, but it’s always there; be it painting, writing, filming or experimenting with other mediums.
Whenever there is an intended theme in my artwork, it usually expresses fear of the unknown, the inevitability of death, passage of time, loneliness, insecurities or repressed female anger and aggression. Then again sometimes I simply draw a goofy cartoon. Life is short, express yourself! It sounds cliche, but I really believe in it.
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Close-up of ‘Verge’, acrylic on canvas