Manta Cruda

In Spanish, “manta cruda” means raw canvas.

In my studio there’s a lot of left over canvas from trashed paintings. This led to experimentation involving the use of only raw canvas to develop form, relief, compostion and other formal elements. Afterwards I decided to start a series using only this material as a means of expression through the simplest and purest means. 

This series is consistent with my 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 materials 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 work emphasize texture and composition, letting the simplicity take over in purity of form to create dynamic work of both spiritual and physical depth.

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