Tropico Camuflado 2012-15
An invitation to a solo show in Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela, took me to design a proposal where large format charcoal drawings would be the main body of work. For this one-woman exhibition TROPICO CAMUFLADO I started the series ATC of charcoal drawings. Up to that moment, I had been making very large charcoal drawings of soldiers hiding in a complex and luscious landscape, exploring the inherent painterly qualities of the soldiers' camouflage. Yet from the very first drawing i made for the show not soldier appeared! I realised later that the dark and broody depictions of plants, based on a personal photographic archive, had become a metaphor of the absent soldiers. The intense period I dedicated to these series developed an interest in landscape as artistic genre, and the need to further explore it, allowing me to indulge observing the engineering and life cycle of the plants. Fourteen drawings were part of the exhibition. The whole series expands to twenty five drawings, of which only 13 remain available.