Statement

 

          My visual proposal gives shape to mental maps of accumulated recollections that inhabit the memory. These mental maps underlie and are fed by language, the social imaginary and the delirious rhythm of contemporary life.

          In humans, memory functions as a complex information processing system that, in turn, operates through processes of encoding, storage, construction, reconstruction and retrieval of such information. However, during these processes, we often add other information to memories and may distort them for various reasons: when perceiving information, we also interpret, since the recollections stored in our memory are based on perception, but also on prior knowledge and on assumptions -probable inferences- about aspects not perceived, or not fully understood. But in addition, this stored memory is probably fragmentary, so when we remember or try to remember -retrieval- later, we only have fragments -in greater or lesser detail- of the memories we reconstructed in the original event, and we fill in the "gaps" based on our expectations and prior knowledge in order to make the memory coherent.

 

          Remembering an image, a conversation, an experienced event, etc., can lead us to add information that was not actually perceived. Memory appropriates information of external origin through perceptual processes (vision, hearing, touch, etc.) and information of internal origin through cognitive processes (thought, imagination, reasoning, etc.). Thus, from my point of view, virtually all our memories have, to a lesser or greater extent, a certain degree of distortion.

          On the other hand, language can be defined as a system of signs through which individuals communicate with each other. However, language itself is a fallible art form; since its inception, words have had extraordinary power: whether in the form of symbols, typefaces, poetry, speeches, narratives, or something as simple as a compliment or an insult, what we say can have a profound effect on the recipient. It seems that we are constantly looking for a more effective way to express our opinion and get our point across.

 

          Nowadays we communicate through acronyms, emoticons, stickers, memes, pop-ups, gifs, icons, among other things, instead of grammatically ordered ideas and sentences, which ultimately leaves "a lot of room for individual interpretation"; and my painting revolves around this idea, as I intentionally distort images and alter words so that they lose their function in terms of their condition of iconicity and literalness, establishing an idea of deconstruction, leaving viewers the function of visual catalyst to ultimately encourage their own particular dialogue.M