Every day, we travel along and experience our surroundings through our five senses. Memory, feeling, education, and discovery take place in the rapid moments of our brain unveiling and in turn processing information through such acts of touch and sight. All of our experiences that are turned into knowledge begin with our senses, leads then to the realm of understanding, and ends at the threshold of reason. From the start of my practice as an artist, I sought to cultivate the senses and our need for them in our lives, applying them to art in order to reveal alternate conclusions and realizations of the human condition.
Balancing the artistic, scientific, and natural worlds, my multifaceted work seeks to reveal the often overlooked acts of connectivity through such things as hearing sounds in nature or remembering a moment of a longed for embrace. Taking on a new perspective of art and the academic functionality, I look to examine all levels of senses and science remembering the words of Edwin Powell Hubble: “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” Through painting, sculpture, photography, music, and multimedia work, I strive to convey an artistic language that is both beautiful and informative for the viewer.
I have taken the concepts of psychology and science expanding them to include memory, nostalgia, culture, and heritage along with how we encounter these things in modern times. I collect elements from my Cuban heritage, my love of fishing, and my infinity for psychology. The pieces take viewers on a journey wading in today’s cultural questions, the creative class struggle, nature vs. man, and the dicey political climate.
Past work has drawn from ideas sparked by the current political tensions in regards to refugees and immigrants. With opinions across the spectrum, many in this country lack acceptance towards these individuals. Based on the current refugee/immigrant situation, many in the US are unsure of what is to come and some face this issue with anger instead of understanding.
Other series that involve my signature light bulbs as small to large sculptural pieces, involved in paintings, and embedded in instillations all explore an important concept: The relationship between the man made material and the natural offers a chance for reflection of our awe for the ocean, rivers, and lakes while remembering our impact on these features of the earth.
My latest solo exhibition, Ambiente Amore speaks to how one relates to the immediate surroundings of something, to being engulfed in a landscape that is completely surrounding, how our interaction with particular parts of water and nature can create a certain reaction or mood. Just as biologist study the effects of ambient light on plants, meteorologist report on ambient pressure, and acoustic experts try to engage yet control ambient sound, I constructed materials that once assembled offer encompassing landscapes, a myriad of moods, and a place of reflective space.