14 x 19 in
Oil on canvas
“Skull” is the beginning of an ongoing series of paintings based on a human skull. I have been told that it was found in Bolivia and dates back to the 19th century. It belonged to a female between 8 to 10 years old who was the victim of a blunt force trauma above the left eye socket. This caused a linear fracture along the parietal bone and was most likely the cause of death.
Skulls have been a recurrent symbol for artist and thinkers throughout history. The concept of this show is closely related to the Rouen Cathedral series by Monet. He made over 30 paintings of the same view of the cathedral throughout different moments of a year. The paintings created an argument towards everything existing in constant change. Philosophers such as Heraclitus held a similar thought, saying “there is nothing permanent except change” and “no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
This series has the intention of showing a rational and emotional change in each one of the skulls. I am interested in the distance between the subject and my interpretation of it from both a formal and historical approach.
Most of my work has been based on documenting quotidian life and everyday people in an effort to pay homage to mundanity. This is a tribute to the girl and a study on existentialism with the purpose of creating empathy.