The «NINFEAS» project was inspired by Antonín Dvořák’s bittersweet opera Rusalka.
Based on Slavic mythology, Dvořák portrays with an enveloping sound the world of melancholic spirits. Rusalka is a water nymph, a magical figure who belongs to the intermediate realm of existence. She is an elemental spirit, linked to the world of men with the body, but also by her light to the world of the spirits and the divine.
In love with an earthly man, Rusalka makes a deal with the witch Ježibaba to leave her underwater world and be with the beloved. However, she is warned that if the man despises her, they will both die. In fact, the man will be fickle and will look at another woman, triggering the tragedy. Rusalka is a dark and sad story that illustrates the contrast between the two worlds that separate the protagonists, Rusalka and her beloved can love each other and die for it without ever really being together.
Ninfeas (Nenufares, Aguapé or Water Lilies) are aquatic plants with flowers that grow in lakes, lagoons, ponds, swamps or slow-moving streams, usually rooted in the bottom. Belonging to the family Nymphaeaceae, they have bright colors close to marble, and large round, almost sculpted leaves.
My bodies are underwater self-portraits, a deep exercise in prosopopage-like analysis. Beautiful as sculptures, I draw them with vibrant lights floating suspended over an intense and mysterious black background. They are meant to be beautiful, not only aesthetically but also for what they evoke, for their inner beauty. With an intangible and phantasmagoric appearance they belong to that intermediate world, they are an allegory to the body without taboos or traces of an imposed eroticism. I present myself «untouched», alone, free from the most absolute stillness.
But like Rusalka, my decapitated bodies have no voice either, my universe questions the predators of the female psyche; the witch Ježibaba and the object of desire.
With the choice of materials, I reiterate the sculptural scope of the work, and add an organic value. Cotton is a living material that transforms over the years, and is unpredictable during printing, making it impossible to calculate the final result. In cotton there are no greys.
I seek in the viewer the desire to touch the works.
enero 22, 2019