I am interested in the aesthetic outcome in and by itself, stripped of the obvious narrative of an identifiable shape, in the use of space, the color plane, the suggested shape and its dynamics, the gestures of the line and in the application of the painting medium. I am interested in the open possibility for interpretation and in the viewer's feelings.
My current paintings are live shapes that shift; suggest forces and tensions, spatial confinement and freedom. They are forms without identity or gender, in a two-dimensional space that tend to be three-dimensional, which will necessarily require of me to abandon the traditional pictorial plane and venture instead into the realm of the sculptor. They are, then, paintings cum sculptures, because of their execution that emerges beyond the flat planes to become three-dimensional.
My new series of works, ANIMUS CORPUS, belongs to this order of ideas: body and soul, body fleshed out, body that has become alive. They are images that are stored in my subconscious, which are the outcome of that preparation instilled by the constant sketching in and by itself, without ulterior motives for utilizing it as the underlying structure of a finished painting.
For me, sketching is a discipline that allows me to empty my mind of images that question me and, therefore, leave it clean, so that once I am faced with the task of painting, they will resurface again, but now like suggestions offered by the subconscious, found once again within the space of a white canvas, or in whatever the support used for my final work may be. It is an act of meditation in which the forms that had been sketched before in numerous pads materialize by means of an automatic dialog with myself. Then, lines appear, along with shapes, color planes, spaces that constrain or liberate, objects that are bound and break loose, segmentations of shapes, suggestions of bodies, not based on the immediately previous design, but on itself, like an echo of a memory.
I would dare say that in my current work there is a freshness resulting from the immediate sensing of the semi-human form, found and guided by the unconscious. My current work is a permanent dance occurring in an imagined space; it is the anonymity of the human body that appears and disappears, that is constantly changing and moving. It is the visual metaphor that describes man's wanderings through the space we call life.
Antwerp, Belgium, March 11, 2006 translated by the laureate Colombian poet