Queror 11 (2018)

$3800

From a series of oil portraits engaging the Hero archetype. In the words of Carl Jung, "In myths the hero is the one who conquers the dragon, not the one who is devoured by it.... Also, he is no hero who never met the dragon, or who, if he once saw it, declared afterwards that he saw nothing.” Painted directly on camo technical fabric used by the US military, this five tour veteran looks back on his service with complex emotions. When I painted him, grey was just streaking his hair. Suffering had scrubbed the softness of youth from his cheeks, but he carried himself with great dignity and strength. The flag reminds me of draped coffin though he felt heroic wearing it.

I was born in Havana, Cuba, after the Bay of Pigs, and remember playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. A child of revolution and failed promises, I am moved by archetypal narratives embedded in cultural legacies and private fantasies. ... MOREMore

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