PAINTING n°6 - Fire dragonfly (2018)
“My work is the result of an artistic task, a concrete action, physical and mental, that guides me towards knowledge and inner healing. Visually it is presented as a construction of dream worlds, interior landscapes, ambiguous and enigmatic elements and characters, that accompany me on the road through which I walk towards my reconciliation and personal reconstruction.
Expression and abstraction drive my visual language motivating me with the strength of the first impulse, the primitive expression of the brush stroke, to then develop each artwork with infinite details.
Every day in my atelier is time to think and analyze about my pictorial work, with pleasure and pain, sensations that keep me in a latent state in front of the canvas. There is a lot of energy and motivation that I use in this task, as well as my need to act quickly, thus developing the spontaneity and expression that come from my unconscious. Between music and silence there is an active meditation with which I externalize the messages I receive from within to make conscious the traumas and pains that affected me.
Formally, I seek to become independent as much as possible of the figuration, enhancing the richness of the materials and giving them the aesthetic value that they have for themselves. This is how I build these visualizations that allow me to release pain and analyze, from the path of art, my inner struggle that is shown through each pictorial movement. I can say that, permeating the canvas with these gestures in which rage, fear and my vital drives are portrayed, is that I manage to capture those sensations to evaluate them as a life learning. It is an emotive and rational transaction that, as a survivor, I have learned to handle.
The images that appear in my works are taking a meaning and putting together a personal narrative that goes to the canvas. These scenes are small worlds, but great signs, which are helping me find answers while I build my artworks.
I know that my goal is approaching day by day and that in this adventure I have no rest, for that reason I will collect the reward and accept it without complex, surrendering to the destiny that I am forging with work, passion and hope.”
Alejandro Méndez Macera, Santiago - Chile, 2021.