I never describe my paintings or tend to explain them. But when I was making my last series, I contemplated a lot my intention and what drew me to paint the way I do and I came to the idea that all my work is inspired by memories. I remembered for example, how much I loved gardens but never had one of my own. Through the creative process, this became a journey into another reality in which I could express that longing in a poetic way. My paintings are like windows into an alternate universe, formed from images that re-created the past in a unique and beautiful way.
I am painting in a very interesting typographical book that I found abandoned in a box. I am so happy that I was able to find a way to give this old book a new life, by repurposing it as my art journal. This vintage book serves as an expression for painting without fear of error. I experiment with colors and pencils by making small unintentional paintings.
Any given morning turned into an abstract series of paintings. I take apparently meaningless moments and make them something sublime and special. I recreate life as if it exists in an alternate universe, finding that window through painting. I want my art to inspire others to see the world in new and different ways and to find the beauty and magic in everyday life.
I have always been fascinated by paper because it is not static. It changes all the time and mutates. This means that the work of art is also constantly changing. This is what makes paper so interesting to me. It is always in flux and never the same.
I love CMYK colors, I think it is such a cheerful palette to play with. To create this series of abstract paintings first I placed one color at a time and waited for the result, it was fun! These colors illuminate, give life, contrast and movement. It is amazing to create so much energy with only a few colors, they have a personality of their own and not only “just to print something” as we normally see them.
What do you think about this bold color combination?
At the beginning of the year I received these wonderful hand made papers as a gift from a friend and it took me a long time to decide what to do with them, as it was a meaningful gift for me. These papers arrived by surprise at the time I was about to leave Barcelona. They came from a wonderful person who was the first one to believe in my art skills like a million years ago when she let me be part of her workshop without knowing me at all.
When I received this unexpected gift, it was a complicated moment for me. It made me think about my future as an artist and especially made me look back and remember the year ’96 when I made my final dissertation at university about….hand made paper and graphic design! (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it: no digital cameras nor phones back then!). Life was telling me something! It made me remember a recent trip to Japan as well: my friend has lived there and we have this same sense of “aesthetics”, we were so connected without thinking about it!!
I made these paintings trying to maintain the texture of the original paper: its threads, sparkles and little pieces. Make the paper part of the design.
My friend’s name is Alexandra and she has a wonderful blog and business about Kyoto (it is in French but do not worry, I do not think aesthetics has a language!). She has also a career as a pattern designer on a website called Tristan and Zoe.
I hope you like these drawings! They reminded of my student years…;)
I have some listed in my etsy shop if you want to check some details. I will list all of them soon!