In Spanish, “manta cruda” means raw canvas.
While working on the Emptiness Paintings, many mistakes were made trying to find a technique to best represent the image. So naturally there was a lot of left over canvas from trashed paintings. The desire to create coherency between different concepts led to the recycling of material into a new series which is Manta Cruda.
This series keeps consistent with recent work in that it emphasizes materials sourced locally and used for many different purposes by many different people from all walks of life. The pieces include wire, wood and raw canvas for the most part, but other local materials are subtly introduced if the piece calls for them.
Because the color palette is minimal and the materials are utilitarian, the pieces emphasize texture and composition, creating dynamic work of both spiritual and physical depth.