Mixed media series, work in progress, 2018
Spanish word for Sanctuary, a place of refuge and protection.
Santuario is a series of photographs printed in Vellum paper and presented inside a Lightbox frame with natural flora pressed against the glass. This work takes on the questions on how nature’s beauty can be elevated by reframing it and taking it out of its usual context. Deeply routed in meaningful memories of the artist’s short visits to his home country, Spain, it also asks the question on whether the perception of this beauty is directly connected to important memories that shape our life experiences or if it can be valued and processed by what it is. By juxtaposing the faded print of a landscape to an actual plant suspended in a transitory incarnation, the artist questions whether the only way we can feel attached to nature is by connecting it to remembrance and exerting power over it, changing it, reframing it and ultimately destroying it.