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appropriation

color pencil on old book page on canvas

21cm x 15 cm

2018

 

“Aproppiation” is a serie of poppies and snail drawings that talk about my process “re-looking” at objects in new places. As a Colombian, poppies had a negative connotation and their images were tied to  anti-drug commercials where an airplane would be showed spraying glyphosate on a poppy field. Nevertheless I was always attracted to its beautiful color and shapes, drawing them from pictures or imagination I romanticised them. Poppies are forbidden in Colombia, you cannot plant them in your garden and I came to see my first real poppy at age of 27 when I moved to Belgium. Coming here, I realised poppies have a complete different meaning, link to overcoming war, remembrance, “In Flanders fields the poppies grow…”, and they grow as wild and free even on the sidewalks.

A process of adaptation to a new land also holds a process or re-looking at things that opens new spaces of understanding: the way I looked at an object with my cultural and social construction, the way others, with different cultural upbringing, appreciate the same object and then the way I can see both perspectives and appreciate both sides of the symbology. In Spanish this serie is called “Lo propio, lo ajeno y lo apropiado.” Which translates “That which is mine, That which is not, and that which I Appropriate” In other words, that which I make mine. I have called this “Thuishoren”, To belong, but also to be able to “hear your home”.

“Thuishoren”, talks about my process of making Belgium my home and is part of a reflection I have been doing for two years, which I started with the mural at Permeke Library called “Thuishoren II” which explores the spaces that do not form part of my past and my baggage but are part of my present and little by little I make mine. The very fact that I learned Nederlands and feel free to use it and express myself with it is part of this appropriation process and it is showed in the book pages. The snail represents the traveller carrying his home and making sense of all the new symbology that another culture holds within.

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steffen and the dream air ballon

Written by Harry P.A. van de Water and published in September 2016 by Paris Books, Nederland.

Illustrations done in pencil and digital coloring by Laura Vargas.

“Steffen and the dream air ballon” tells the story of a highly sensitive boy who suffers from having an overwhelming opened heart. He wants to search for the land Apathia where he can close his heart and stop the torturous feelings. The struggles and adventures from Steffen will lead him in an interesting path of self-discovery.

girlhood

Girlhood is a compilation of childhood memories and fantasies drawn throughout the years of my adult life. Character and material exploration.

 

 

Swimming pool

Marbling and acrylic on paper

2009

 

 

 

 

II In my shell

Acrylic on texturized paper

2009

 

 

 

 

III Fiera corrupia

Watercolor on paper

2010

 

 

 

 

IV An

Color pencil on paper

2014

 

 

 

 

V Wish

Color pencil, collage on paper

2015

 

 

 

 

VI Hand puppet

Color pencil on paper

2015

 

Finisterre

pencil, photoshop, digital print

2016

Commissioned wall art inspired by the poem Finisterre by David Whyte

 

Finisterre

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken,

into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you

as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way

to your future now but the way your shadow could take,

walking before you across water, going where shadows go,

no way to make sense of a world that wouldn’t let you pass

except to call an end to the way you had come,

to take out each frayed letter you brought

and light their illumined corners, and to read

them as they drifted through the western light;

to empty your bags; to sort this and to leave that;

to promise what you needed to promise all along,

and to abandon the shoes that had brought you here

right at the water’s edge, not because you had given up

but because now, you would find a different way to tread,

and because, through it all, part of you could still walk on,

no matter how, over the waves.

 

David Whyte

I don’t want to disappear

watercolor, photoshop, digital print

2015

Series of animals in danger of extinction showed in a children’s ABC learning style. The series aims to create awareness of the delicate situation of some animal species in our planet, as well as the lack of empathy from some individuals towards the situation.