In my series Small Natures, my intention is to represent the universe of insects and other small creatures in nature bringing attention to the normally unnoticed landscape of the small and hidden.
Tree trunks is the main scenery where I place a lot of these small creatures as their textures and color palettes are of great inspiration to me.
I focus particularly on the cicada. This insect is somehow fascinating as their nymphs remains underground for a long time until they emerge from the deeps and they find a tree where they shed their skins and thus becoming adult. Because of this extraordinary live cycle, the cicada symbolises many ideas in different cultures; rebirth, resurrection, immortality, spiritual realization and spiritual ecstasy.
As a result of my attraction to these secret and hidden landscapes, this creature from the underground is of great interest to me.
From the point of view of pure aesthetics, I have been interested in insects from the beginning of my artistic career. Their delicate anatomy, specially the patterns you see on their wings is captivating.
The veins within a leaf, the wings of an dragonfly, the crystals in a rock formation, the color palette in the trunks of the trees… Intricate and detailed patterns and textures offer up visual stories and puzzles that are profound. Much of my inspiration comes from these; the organic shapes, patterns and colors; each revealing relationships and difference; from the microscopic to the cosmic; so simple but yet so complex at the same time. I am drawn to the patterns, tightly holding forms together while simultaneously pushing them apart. I try to recreate this in my work.