“Oneiric memorabilia of visions, fears and nightmares…”
From the moment of birth, the context of my life revolves around superstitions, mysticism, clairvoyance, mysteries and a spiritual journey. My beliefs are based on my spiritual and personal experiences and about what I witness in my life. From a very young age, my dreams reveal me premonition of futures events, visions of alternate life and most of all, the Pandora’s box of my inner self. Because of the significance and level of detail in my dreams, it is hard to forget them. They serve, not just as an oracle and a fountain of knowledge, but also as a source of creativity and inspiration for many of my projects.
The purpose of this series was to invite the viewer into a personal journey of self-discovery. My dreams are the key to my inner self. They represent who I am: my fears, my uncertainties, and my hopes. They reveal the mysteries of my life in an abstract manner, which can be discovered and decoded through artistic expression. I intend to illustrate the stories as surreal abstractions of the dramatic experiences created by my subconscious when I am sleeping.
My mixed-medium fine art imagery is a consummation of my artistic life engaged in Photography, Theatrical productions and Plastic Art mediums. The artwork consists of series of self-portraits manipulated within different constructed scenarios to recreate the story of a dream, phobia or nightmare that I had. The colors are fantastical and symbolic, to convey an emotional empathy, and also to evoke feelings or sensations.
The intensity of the values correlates with the intensity of the emotions and atmosphere of the scenes so as to show enigma or fear. I finalize each image with encaustic to create rich textures on the prints and a unique piece.
These images evoke a pure visual and perceptual experience. I want the viewer, after seeing my work, to be able to relate it to his/her own Unconscious Mind and I also hope to draw them into mine. They can be inspired to interpret the symbology and relate these images to their own thoughts and dreams; an act which I believe is possible due to our collective experience as a humanity. These photographs can be broken down layer by layer, texture by texture, and color by color in order to discover their meaning in its entirety.