En Busca de la Memoria by Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez

12th Annual ARC Salon (2016-2017)

Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez

En Busca de la Memoria

2014

80 x 80 cm | 31 1/4 x 31 1/4 in

Pastel on wood

Exhibiting at the MEAM

This work is on loan from a private collection.

"This is probably the most complicated work I have painted in my whole artistic career. It was emotionally difficult and sad at the same time to capture the absence of expression in the face of the model, my mother.

Although the center of attention is the portrait, I would emphasize some other aspects of this work: the morning sidelight which highlights the geometrical composition, the importance of the perspective when choosing a low viewpoint with regard to the figure, the different planes that add depth to the atmosphere, and last but not least, the reflections on the mug and table which bring the central motif to the foreground.

I tried to capture this moment of life with my mother, where everything happened by chance, and nothing was preconceived."

- Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez