(Fresno, CA, USA)
Revenge of the Muse, Oil on Canvas, 42x42
A dual heritage inspires not only the poetry in my newest work but also much of my visual artwork. Memories are an important part of the bridge of self discovery, and I remember crossing the bridge, but sometimes I don't have clear memories of the scenery along the way. On one side was my father's world, Spanish speaking from las montanas. On the other side was my mother's world, a deep southern drawl wafting from the magnolia and chinaberry trees. Making artwork (connecting the past, present and future and transcending all) was always the constant for me, a bridge to span the disparate worlds, the one thing I could count on. Identity issues continue to drive most of my work.
The nude female form traditionally represents the male artist's muse, but here it becomes an ironic self portrait, as a female artist taking revenge on the very idea of the "muse". Matisse and a nude model are at the center, with various depictions of the nude figure and muse throughout the painting. The figure to the right is meant to represent myself as the artist painting the artist and also partly painted into the scene. The figure to the left could be one of Toulouse Lautrec's prostitute's peeking in, adding another level of irony. This painting works as both satire of the idea of "the muse" and homage to Matisse, one of my muses.