My job in this work revolves around that tacit presence
that sharpens the feeling of solitude.
In 2001, during one of my first lessons at university, we were shown “A Bigger Splash” by David Hockney. I was fascinated before that stain bursting into the blue with so much strength. The hot climate and the presence / absence of a human being were unsettling to me.
I painted these pictures for me. Just because. Because I admire those artists and I wanted to learn a bit from them, just the way you learn from the big ones: copying.
I tried to fuse the atmosphere and the light of Maria’s photos with Hockney’s “A Bigger Splash”, my favourite picture. In the scene that I imagine, it’s like the girl of the photo had just dived.
My job in this work revolves around that implied presence, the one that sharpens the feeling of solitude.
I admire the work of María Svarbova, the symmetry, the stillness, the colours, the soviet reminiscence of uniformity, the empty and the somewhat dystopic pools in its abandonment. People languishing still, waiting, as if time didn’t pass.