Acrylic and oil on canvas.
Format of 89 x 116 cm (35.04 x 45.67 in)
Year of realization 2021
Signed on the bottom right of the piece.
Unpublished work done for the serie "Beyond".
Fantasy has infiltrated our most intimate consciousness, affecting the very image we have of ourselves. We want to be beautiful and healthy. We sculpt our bodies with cosmetics, tattoos, implants, and augment ourselves through cosmetic surgery. Even our bodies, the most fixed and fatalistic aspect of ourselves, cannot keep us from dreaming. As a result, we shape our anatomy to echo our own desires or those of another. We have stopped searching for our place in the cosmos in Exchange for the cosmetic. Since fantasy tends to be cosmetic, it’s not a good idea for us to trust it. Fantasy is a subject that can never be completely conquered or understood. Beneath the thin veil of fiction lies reality; dark, urgent, and menacing. It would be better for our prosperity if we sometimes enter into crisis; otherwise our creativity remains paralyzed –by indifference or censorship- causing our house of dreams to collapse. We regress back to the cave, where we live at the mercy of the elements, bare our teeth to survive, and fight for food and territory. Our instincts and reflexes would again govern our actions. We would be so preoccupied with the struggle for survival, there would be no time to dream or imagine. Inhabited by the reality of our surroundings and immersed in our basic needs, the sky would remain beyond our reach.
Antonio Altarriba - comic scriptwriter and visual arts theorist