oil on canvas, 2015, 36"w x 48"h
My work explores the social impact of urban crime in my native country, Venezuela, and relies on symbolism to explore the ideas and sentiments born from this reality. My process involves the collection of found imagery of criminal violence in Venezuela that is then rearranged into painted narratives full of imaginative elements such as giants, theatrical atmosphere and fantastical characters. I use these painted scenarios to illustrate the cultural notions surrounding crime, critical theories of frustration, spatial inhibition and the desire for power, which I employ to analyze the subject at hand.
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