Soldiers & Weapons 2003-2011
This is old work, but as such it is pivotal in my creative process, and this is the reason why deserves to be on my page. It has a starting point: an upside down newspaper image from the first days of the Iraq invasion. This image shows a charging soldier, possible British. I worked on this image -upside down- for over an year until one day, bored to death for such de-construction, I turned the image around and saw the humanity of the soldier - and also his fear. Here was a son, a father, a brother, and I didnt know if he was alive, injured or back home. This kickstarted the need for compiling other images from the press of ongoing conflicts -too many- and undertake studying the painterly qualities of camouflage.
As the body of work carry on on growing, in came the guns as subject-matter, where guns stop being guns but just paitings. And one day, in front of dyptich that was too big and heavy, armed with a stolen photo from a friend that was in Territorial Army and had serve in Basra, I needed references for a landscape where soldiers would hide or merge into. A couple of subsequent trips back to my country Venezuela, afforded the opportunity to build on a unintentional photographic archive of urban jungle that I still use. And slowly, soldiers gave way to monster-like plants, beautiful, dark and broody and just as menacing while lying in wait. Please see what comes next, TROPICO CAMUFLADO