12 x 12 in.
Monotype Collage printed Chine Colle on Archival Paper
Edition Varie 1/10
This print is a one of a kind.
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This print is about birth and death, and how these two incidents create the cycle of all life in our planet. The piece is dedicated to my father, Gustavo Rodriguez, who passed away June 1, 2016 after a short battle with prostate cancer. For most of 2016, I was confronting my father's death, preparing myself as much as I could emotionally and mentally. I spent precious moments with him in the early part of 2016, and eventually moved back home to help care for him. I watched his body slowly stop functioning, and I was there holding his hand when his soul left his body and released its last breath. This work is a self portrait, in which I am thinking about the cycle of life...how we are all born and how we all die.
The various layers of collaged monotypes are metaphors for lightness and darkness, and how we can experience all the emotions along that spectrum. My decision making around colors and tones consists of intense scrutiny over several days, mostly just preparing the works’ base materials. My most recent influence, which shines through in this series of prints, comes from seeing a New York exhibition on Henri Matisse, which has allowed me to expand my already diverse, idiosyncratic methodology. Informed by his many studio habits, I spends weeks creating my palette and extensive tonal library, which for instance can have as many as 4 yellows, before they are layered with other colors for what seems to be an infinite arsenal of high viscosity hues.