Swiss Art Awards
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Photo credit: BAK, Guadalupe Ruiz
Situated between introspection and the reproduction of outward appearances, my work draws on techniques from both painting and photography. My research centers on varied modes of communication between individuals, whether me relating to others or others between themselves.
In “Portraits”, I am interested in the expressions and gestures of people in my surroundings, especially within contexts where physical proximity contrasts with emotional distance: parties, ceremonies, bus commutes, meetings with old friends, etc. These situations are translated into photographic paintings, which are visualized at the border of abstraction. Composed of blurry shapes (from the screen) and sharp details (through my engravings) and expressed with an acidic color palette, my images attempt to translate the psychology and emotions of the people I observe.
On a technical level, I begin by creating my compositions through cutting and engraving shapes into mirror paper. I then shine backlit colors from a computer screen onto the reflective surface. This technique offers me a varied range of possibilities in image and lighting. Once the installation is complete, it is photographed, a final step that allows me to join color with form.
Although the mirror’s reflection is ultimately anchored in my photographs, it plays an important, symbolic role in my work. It becomes a tool for introspection and autofiction, allowing for a space to invent a self image alongside other plays of identity. The reflective surface, at once fixed and fluid, destabilizes our vision between the real and imagined, thus creating new, productive possibilities.