Recuerdos De Aquí

Finally on 4.24.22 I dared to do this idea of mine after 4 years of mingling with it. Not sure why it took me so long or why this simple act of hanging a painting in the street was/is so scary to me. 

 

Idea is simple, these are drawings of things that have actually happened in a place, hung right where it happened. Starting point of this idea was realizing how much objects stay with you longer than people; I am sure that shirt, that book, that lighter, that necklace, that once someone gave you is still somewhere in your house, while that person, that lover, that friend, that random acquaintance is long gone in your past and thats whats so weird about objects.

 

Then it became about the places where things happen, that park, that bagelshop, that burger place and the city itself. Not sure how this project evolves from here but I am happy finally I overcame one of my biggest fears.

Recuerdos de Aqui ( Records of Here) #1 | Medium: Acrylic on canvas on the city | 04.24.22 | Mexico City Coyoacan

Recuerdas de Aqui  ( Records of Here) #2 | Medium: Acrylic on canvas on the city | 06.20.22 | Mexico City Roma/Condesa

It is installed close to the Starbucks in Condesa/Roma in Mexico City. These neighborhoods are filled with expats who have higher income than the locals

Recuerdas de Aqui  ( Records of Here) #3 | Medium: Fresco on the wall | 07.11.22 |  La Escuela De Muralismo De Oaxaca Oaxaca City

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I got to know about Jesus and his mural school in Oaxaca, after one year of searching every corner of Mexico city for someone to teach me legit muralism/ fresco in continuation of what I had started to learn in one day fresco workshop in skowhegan. Now I am one step closer to not feeling fomo when I see works of Rivera, Michelangelo and other heros of teenage years in museums.

Fresco is art of patience where u break the wall to its core, sift and wash sand, make cal, restore the wall day by day, layer by layer, making rinzaffo, arriccio, intonaco, till the end that u paint within that small window of time that wall is going back to becoming to becoming stone again.

I was given entrance of the escuela. As part of the recuerdas de aqui series, I wanted it to be about the school itself. I got the idea of what to draw when I saw Mariana and Ana making plaster in front of the altar in the backyard. In Mexico many houses have altars to keep the memories of their loved ones alive.

 

When I was halfway in the fresco, Paolina told me that there was a block that they used to put at the entrance of school with the name of school on it. But it got stolen and they never got the chance to make it again. They had a picture of the block though. That's the story of the frame block with the name of school on it. I tried to draw it similar to the stolen block as much as my non skillful hands allowed:)

 

and now knowing fresco, i can finally make my idea of fresco panel street intervention a reality and what better city than Mexico city for that! Stay tuned:)

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In the photo from left to right are Paolina, Jesus, Mariana, me and Rosa:)