Beyond beauty

Art pieces seek to transmit a message to the viewer. Whether it is a canvas, a sculpture or a delicate quilting patchwork, they are all willfully elaborated by their creator to share a message. Sometimes, in the art world, it is just beauty that is intended to be transmitted.

I believe beauty is an essential part of our daily life, as nature’s beauty has a positive impact on our daily life and is essential for our inner harmony and conscience. However, I also believe that the art world should seek to transmit more than just beauty.

In my opinion, art has always had a huge potential to spark the interest of people in different topics, and considering the environmental crisis of the 21st century, I believe it is more important than ever to spark the interest among people at all levels of society in safeguarding the environment for future generations.

My pieces seek to transmit a message beyond beauty per se, as they are created as an approach to bringing people closer to nature and seeking to raise public awareness broadly on environmental issues.

I believe man-made lifelike forms made out of environmentally friendly materials can beautify human living areas without having to damage the environment nor kill any life form.

No life form should die for the desire of humans to enjoy its beauty. I say no to taxidermy and ask you to do so too.

Birdies

Birdie, Ucellino
Bird, Ucellino
Bird, Ucellino

Humans have had a relationship with birds since the dawn of man. They have been featured in art since prehistoric times and hold a prominent part in folklore, religion and culture as well as in daily life. I believe most of us have a relationship to birds – a happy one.

Nevertheless, our climate is changing — the impacts on birds and biodiversity are notable and recorded around the world (birdlife.org). Some species show an alarming decline. The reports even show decline of common species. So what can we do?

The State of the birds 2014 (see the clip below) is a short, descriptive video clip published by the Smithsonian Institute that tells us a few things we can start doing and “in our own backyard”: reducing pesticides and making your house bird-friendly.

And, please say no to taxidermy. No life form should die for the desire of humans to enjoy its beauty.

This is one of my main reasons for creating my art pieces. My birdies are made out post-natural-disaster wood. Check them out on the birdies page.

Hybrids

These two reptiles; a chameleon and a gecko, are hybrids, creations inspired by the mexican tradition of  making alebrijes. 

The alebrijes are usually imaginary creatures made by combining the different physiognomic elements of different animals into one creature. The results are very often astonishing. The imaginary creature becomes real.

The chameleon Hikuri Roshgadol, in green, blue and orange, has frog arms, bird legs and an alligator-lizard tail.

The yellow and brown gecko, Leopoldo, has a red and white snake tail and bee wings of glass.

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Hybrid chameleon – Hikuri Roshgadol – resting on a rock. 
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Both hybrids chameleons – Leopoldo and Hikuri Roshgadol  – on the rocks.

Sustainable art

Sketch of the Jackson chameleon
Sketch of the Jackson chameleon.

It all starts in the sketch book. If you can imagine it – you can do it. Everytime I want to create something new, I dive into my ideas and I start sketching what I’ve imagined. These sketches reflect what later I bring to reality.

To shape the body of my sculptures, I use trash. Yep, trash such as plastic bags, used clothing and whatever I find in my garbage bin. The reason for using trash in my sculptures is because I have always been worried about the huge amount of waste we, humans, generate per day.

Therefore, by retaining trash forever into my sculptures, I am avoiding it to end up in landfills, to be burned, or even worse, to be swallowed or eaten by marine wildlife like sea turtles or whales!

Sketch of Panther chameleon. The beginning.
Sketch of the Panther chameleon. The beginning.
Plastic bags shaping the body of the Jackson chameleon.
Plastic bags shaping the body of the Panther chameleon.
More plastic bags shaping the body of the Jackson chameleon.
More plastic bags shaping the body of the Jackson chameleon.
Sketch of the Goliath beetle.
Sketch of the Goliath beetle.