Many painters create texture upon their canvases by building layer upon layer of paint; with each layer comes a greater sense of history and dimension within the work. Others using thickening agents to almost sculpt their paint, spreading it thickly upon their work’s surface for a subtle 3D effect. I have chosen a unique route to enrich my acrylic paintings with texture: embroidery.
I first choose the colors I want to incorporate in the palette of the work I’m about to embark upon. To me, the colors represent people, moments or feelings.
I paint with acrylic in various blocks of color interacting with one another, evolving a pattern upon the canvas. Sometimes I contain the paint within a clean border, other times I let the blocks of color drip down the canvas or paper. Next, I begin the process of embroidery. I make horizontal cuts on the canvas or paper and covers these open areas using cotton thread.
This process of embroidering on canvas or paper adds both intrigue and a sense of depth to each unique work. My most recent body of works reflects a series of poems by a well known poet from Catalonia, my home country. An homage to both the poet and the creative process, my technique of embroidery is heartfelt exploration. Just as a poet builds words to form metaphor or meaning, I build texture through embroidery to form depth and character
My artwork in the last four years has covered a number of series, each with a different theme, using different materials, textures and techniques. In spite of having worked on a number of large series of paintings, none of them had more than ten paintings. The only point of unity among the different works was a quest for discovery.
It is true that experimentation with different materials, textures and techniques in each of the paintings has been a point of discovery and a major part of my artwork.
My more recent objective was to pursue a work of art where I could develop a long series of pieces with the same theme.
In October of 2007 I embarked on a series of works to realize this objective. I started on the first paintings in the series of CIUTATS (Cities).
The first difference of this series from that of all my previous works is the united theme, the second, most accentuated difference was the greater use of color which was typically less pronounced in previous works of the last four years.
The major motivation for the idea behind CIUTATS was my city, Barcelona, and it's particular infrastructure, and architecture which is unique among the cities of the world and which is easily recognizable. My personal attraction to the great cities of the world and the urban life was the remaining incentive.
I have intended to portray the different aspects of the cities as a human creation with their different levels of physical and social existence.
Man created the city and in turn the city has molded the actions and ideas of the human race. I have intended to mold the city, to create my city, to put in order the urban chaos in a reduced physical space.
Forget that the cities in which we live have been formed with asphalt, cement, human misery, forgotten revolutions, buried bones and transform them into a conglomeration of texture and color put onto the frontier of canvas and paper.