Check out this interview of me (conducted and filmed by Andreea Dican for her documentary series about creative immigration) to hear a bit about my story, my experience living in different places, and my ideas, and to see some views of my studio in Berlin!
It's been a busy few months moving, but I'm finally settling into my new apartment and studio in Berlin. I'm excited to share with you some pictures of my new work space here: it's huge (for me at least!) at almost 18 square meters, and gives me lots of room to paint and do other creative projects. I've already started on my first projects and commissions here, and it's a welcome change from my very cramped studio space in Spain. I've also made it a priority to get good and bright lighting (these pictures were taken at night!) so that I can paint at all hours and throughout the Berlin winter.
A quick life update: after almost two years living in Spain, I am moving to Berlin, Germany. I'm currently in Berlin looking for an apartment and dealing with paperwork etc. I'm excited for the many opportunities I hope to find in this very creative city! I can't wait to get settled and get my new studio set up here so I can get back to work painting.
From August 1st to 31st, eight of my paintings will be on display in Seattle, WA, USA at Java Jahn. This is the first time my paintings will be shown on the West Coast of the US, and I'm excited to share my work in a new place! The paintings that will be shown are below (feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or if interested in purchasing).
If you’re at all familiar with my work, you probably know that I love cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, octopuses, nautilus, even extinct cephalopods like ammonites) and paint them often. There are lots of reasons I choose to paint these fascinating creatures alongside the space scenes in my work: they are beautiful and strange-looking, and can even appear alien-like (note that sci-fi aliens are often portrayed as having tentacles). Cephalopods are also extremely intelligent, with some species of octopus being known to use tools and solve complex problems. And since this intelligence evolved independently from that of humans and other mammals—an octopus is more closely related to a clam than a human—it is the closest to an alien intelligence that humanity has so far witnessed. It serves as an example of another form that intelligence can take in living beings. The structure of a cephalopod’s nervous system makes this clear: rather than having just a large centralized brain, they also have high numbers of neurons in their arms, which can make some decisions independently of the brain. A hypothetical intelligent alien species may just as likely develop intelligence in a similarly decentralized way rather than having human-like brains. Cephalopods are a humbling reminder that intelligence can take many forms and they provide us a chance to study how it may come about via different systems.
Watch the video below for some fascinating information about cephalopod nervous systems and behaviors.
On Friday, June 7th at 7:00 PM my latest show opens at Sip and Wonder Coffee House in Alicante! Come join me at the opening to see my new work, chat about art and science and get something yummy to eat and drink.
Below are the paintings included in the show.
I recently finished my first ever mural painted with spray paint! It is located at the Ultrasolar Jardín Comunitario de Carolinas, a community garden in my neighborhood in Alicante, Spain.
I've wanted to learn how to work with spray paint for a while, as it will allow me to bring my ideas to life on a larger scale and into public places. I love street art and admire the way a colorful mural can transform a space, so I'm excited to be able to share my weird, surreal art with the world in this way.
Painting this mural was definitely a learning experience for me. Though I've painted with oils for years, I've never before used spray paint and worked on such a large scale, and the technique is completely different. One of the major differences I noticed was the speed at which you need to work: with oils, I paint very slowly and deliberately, but with spray I had to move quickly and smoothly to avoid the buildup of paint in one place (and drips). This can make it difficult (for the inexperienced spray painter like me, at least) to paint precise shapes or small details. For this reason, the planet was the hardest part of the mural. I sketched the circle onto the wall with a compass made of string, but keeping the planet perfectly round as I outlined and then filled it in with spray paint was very difficult. In contrast, one of the advantages of spray paint is how easy it is to blend colors and create gradients. I found it easiest and most satisfying to paint organic forms like the squid and asteroid due to the facility of blending that the spray allowed. I definitely felt I was able to improve my technique and control over the course of working on the mural.
Overall, I loved the experience and can't wait to paint more large-scale murals!
My art is on display at El Refugio, an arts venue in Alicante, from November 8th to December 26th. Here are the paintings on display:
I’m really interested in combining the visual and auditory in art (music is a big inspiration to me!), and these spooky space sounds recorded by NASA definitely inspire me to paint some haunting space scenes. Check them out on NASA’s Soundcloud! They’ll certainly get you in a cosmic + Halloween mood. There’s an awesome variety of sounds, and I especially like the one titled “Radar Echoes from Titan’s Surface”. It’d make a cool part of a soundtrack to a horror movie set in space.
Most of the tracks are downloadable and they make me want to compose some spooky space-inspired music with these sound effects mixed in!