A Valkyrie was, in Norse mythology, one of a group of warrior-type female figures who had the power to choose who would die or live in battle. Known as the “choosers of the slain”, only valkyries could control death.
In “Valkyrie and the Five Stages” the theme of death disconnects from the emotional and is explored from a scientific, clinical perspective. Fashion becomes the conduit to visually demonstrate 5 of its stages, which occur after the soul leaves the body.
Valkyrie “Chooser of the Slain”
Minute 0 “Indigentiam Oxygeni” - Lack of Oxygen
1 to 9 minutes“Et Collatis Consiliis Sanguine” - Pooling of Blood
1 to 8 hours “Obriguerunt, Sed Rigida” - Stiffness & Rigidity
1 to 5 days“Et Mollitiei Interitus” - Pliability & Decay
8 to 10 days “Tumidus et Superba” - Swelling & Bloating
In the fall of 2017, I had a dream where I saw what my extensive body of work was going to be. I wanted to hide facial expressions by building big, aggressive masks and fitting them on my nude subjects.
I called them Masses and, at the time, I thought it represented the frustration I felt with myself. All the thoughts that I couldn't put into words and didn't want to face, I decided to put towards my art. To me, these sculptures were going through the same mental block that I was.
This was my motivation to create this work. Yet, the more I worked on the pieces, the more I delved deeper and saw how they turned into something else. The execution and control of the Masses and my subjects became my obsession. I was attached to something that didn’t exist and I couldn’t find a way to move on and away from it.
The exaggerated constructions still represent emotions of manipulation, pain and aggression, but the nudes, adorned and held up by oversized, forceful and colourful sculptures are what the narrative of the work is.
A escondidas cada tarde
Mi alma vibra
Mi cuerpo arde
Rayado y Agotado
A chemical mishap that became a creative catalyst.
Nudity: refers to a culturally transcendent and virtuous depiction of an unclothed body.
Nakedness: refers to an exposed, vulnerable image of an unclothed body. In the convention of the reclining female nude in western art history, women are considered “nude” and thus morally suitable subjects of fine art.