Aphrodite at the Alhambra 2021
In my artistic journey, I have embarked on a captivating exploration of interconnectedness, blending elements of myself with the mesmerizing textures and enchanting flowers found within the walls of the Alhambra in Spain. This profound series, titled "Aphrodite at the Alhambra," is a symphony of reflections that delves into the essence of identity and the harmonious fusion of nature and humanity.
Drawing inspiration from the artistic visions of the pioneering collage artist Hannah Hoch and the masterful photomontage creator Jerry Uelsmann, I sought to break traditional boundaries and celebrate the fluidity of perception. Just as these artistic trailblazers transformed their mediums, I endeavored to breathe new life into my own art through the seamless integration of diverse elements.
The Alhambra, a majestic fortress-palace steeped in history and culture, serves as the backdrop for this odyssey of self-discovery and unification. Each texture and flower within its walls possesses a story, carrying the whispers of past civilizations and blooming with the secrets of nature's wisdom. I have sought to merge with these vibrant and timeless entities, inviting viewers to experience an intimate dialogue between the tangible and the ethereal.
My creative process involves meticulous curation and assemblage, where I carefully select each element, be it a texture inspired by the weathered walls of the Alhambra or a delicate flower that once graced its gardens. I went to the Alhambra and took these photos while feeling the presence of my grandmother. I also took the photographs of myself at home knowing I was going to utilize my Alhambra imagery. Through a fusion of digital and traditional mediums, I achieve a symphonic harmony between these seemingly disparate components, transcending the boundaries of reality and imagination.
"Aphrodite at the Alhambra" invites the audience to question the essence of self, the intricate connections between humanity and its surroundings, and the fleeting beauty of existence. Like a reflection in a pool of water, my art refracts light upon the surface, revealing layers of emotion, history, and introspection. It is an invitation to embrace the vulnerability of one's identity, acknowledging that we, too, are a product of the ever-changing world around us.
Ultimately, my purpose as an artist is to ignite contemplation and stir emotions within those who encounter my work. Through this series, I hope to evoke a sense of wonder, a yearning for deeper understanding, and an appreciation for the boundless wonders of the universe. May "Aphrodite at the Alhambra" serve as a catalyst for introspection, and may it inspire viewers to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and connection to the world that surrounds them.