The fact that you don’t often show faces in your work is fascinating. It makes the viewer question who is in your paintings. Is it me? Is it her? I find myself using more literary references when I’m trying to describe your work, or trying to identify with a character. I’m imposing desired qualities on your characters, making up my own stories.
Maybe I do it unintentionally, but I don’t think of it that way. I don’t even know if I question myself, or if the work is a story. I don’t even know if I put my work in a time, which is really about time passing. It’s just a moment. It’s not about before and after. A lot of times, the work comes naturally, and then I find the meaning, which is nice that way, because then you are really interpreting your imagination. Like, for this wall in Berlin, I have never been here before, but I made an image on the wall that was more about my personal reaction to my research. I think I work more in that way. So I don’t think “on time.” Does that makes sense? I like the idea of “no time.” Time is a control.
In the end, if you don’t show time or you don’t show faces, you give more space to the viewer to finish the piece in their own mind, within their own beliefs. It doesn’t close off anything for the viewer, it doesn’t have to be this person. It keeps it open to interpretation. I just give my contribution to a place, and people can finish the meaning themselves.
We were having a side conversation where I said I think of your work as describing the future. I know a lot of visions of the future picture our world in metallics and silvers, but I think, as we dramatically shift with technology, humans are going to adopt more earthy tones. I kept thinking of the way Spike Jonze’s used colors in the movie HER. But then you mentioned a lot of people react to your work with nostalgia. I wonder, are you nostalgic?
I think maybe, yes. I have been invited a few times to paint in Italy, and one of the things they profess to like about my work is that it speaks to the past. And they mention the clothes and the colors. But I just enjoy painting the texture. I find Argentina quite nostalgic in general, the cinema, the tango. Maybe I am making connections with myself that I didn’t know were there. I lived in that history of Argentina, and in the end, it’s in me. We are our experiences, and art is an expression of who we are.