Building New Structures, 2021
Acrylic gesso, India ink, graphite, compressed charcoal, pitt pastel and mineral pigments on unstretched 140gr/m² cotton canvas.
191 x 139 cm | 75.2 x 54.7 in
"The next real literary "rebels" in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels [...]. The new rebels might be artists willing to risk [...] accusations of sentimentality, melodrama. Of overcredulity. Of softness."
Wallace, David Foster. "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction", Review of Contemporary Fiction, 1993.
The artwork deals with a new kind of Sensibility, one that evokes the will to look forward, to hope anew. A Sensibility that instead of dismantling old structures, builds new ones having the belief in the importance of genderless and emancipated Beauty.
I remember a teenage schoolmate with very fine and elegant features, who drew figures in her likeness. Refined drawings made with a mechanical pencil, with very precise contours, even if slightly faded, and with very soft shadows that bathed the bodies and clothes of the figures she depicted. All the classmates ridiculed her, found her strange, and made up elaborate stories to justify her weakness. At the time, I didn't understand why this collective behavior affected me so much; today I realize that the concept of beauty being associated with debility and decline is incorrect. Even for me, a male figure, or perhaps precisely because of this, being sensitive is in fact still a taboo.
“Winckelmann invented art history out of a narrative about style development in which the masculine is sublime and the feminine beautiful but a symptom of decline. So art history actually began with a prejudice against the beautiful.“
This work aims to bring Beauty and the belief in a New Sensibility to the center of contemporary art discourse for the development of an elastic, comprehensive and progressive socio-political system in which art history will not only value the feminine as much as the masculine, but will also venture towards a non-binary and egalitarian system.