OIL ON CANVAS
30 IN. X 30 IN.
My work responds to our consumerist society and it's indifference to global ecological and social injustice. As a painter coming from a Roman Catholic background and growing up during the 1980's and 90's in the island of Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western hemisphere, I?m inspired by pop culture icons, Christian Iconography and mythological imagery present in Art History, Tarot, and Astrology. These sources provide a set of universal archetypes that allow me to re-interpret our current socio-economic and cultural conditions holistically, viewing world history as cyclical and interconnected from an archetypal perspective. In my work, I adopt painting techniques on canvas and 'retablos' reminiscent of Spanish colonial art. This enables me to emulate earlier indoctrination strategies and devices from the time of the conquest of the Americas in order to provide historical continuity and a link between the Colonial and the Neo-colonial narratives present in our globalized age. Living in an information age and Inspired by art history I appropriate, re-contextualize and orchestrate figures from history, religion, mythology and pop culture into satirical narratives that mirror my experience of the world today.
OIL ON CANVAS, 30 IN. X 30 IN., 2014
Explores the theme of consumerism through the use of Spanish Colonial religious iconography and art techniques.