Art is my way of life, a way of leading my life, a deep devotion that lets me build my existence.
In my work I play with the constant reconstruction of a new reality; meanings are the reflection of my deepest beliefs.
Art expresses itself in spite of me; the truth of what I feel becomes evident in my work.
Alone in my studio, I invoke my highest spirit, the most eternal side, I try not to interfere with its expression so as to generate the footprint that shows me the way.
What makes me an artist? Just like a poet uses metaphors and expressions and the musician uses melodies and chords, I use shapes, color and lines.
I am fascinated by having the absolute possibility of being able to work with these elements and generate my own language to enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of the freedom generated inside of them.
The language and symbols of my works seem to be mine, but it is amazing to corroborate that they are universal, so universal and old that they fade away in me, merging my self into the liveliest symbol of the universal human being.
It is in the collective unconscious, such a treasured box, where humanity keeps its richness.
Freedom, skill, tenacity and commitment in the act of creation is what I look for, and when I achieve that, the goal changes, horizons are infinite, as life itself. The goal is never achieved but I enjoy the process in an eternal present. That is why art is always with me; it fills my days and gives meaning to my existence.
Taste for the matter and freedom of the gesture are the elements that combine in my aesthetics, and the masters who have shown me that path are Antonie Tapies, De Kooning and Alberto del Monte.
My Constructivist master, del Monte, is the limit to my excesses, although he is not with us anymore, his teachings live inside of me.
Each artist is a point on an infinite line; from that perspective, there is no ego, we are all committed to the same cause, the improvement of the human mind.
When painting is provocative, it generates a bridge that connects us, and there we embark on a journey of the soul, and thus plastic art not using words transforms based on emotions with an unconscious vibration.
A universal language unite us; again that language is developed in that underground box where we float regardless of time and space, where we leave our ego aside to become “us”. The drive to grow from one’s vital energy is the human pilgrimage which I call evolution.
The meaning of art is construed by each one of us; the spiritual search, the traveled path is our work, which once created is thrown into to the world.
Perseverance is the key that opens the door to the undecipherable and shows us the subtle secrets that articulate change.
In my paintings, the cross means an encounter with the other, it means union; it represents opposites, opposites that contribute and complement because of their differences.
The circle represents wholeness, where there is neither a beginning nor an end, where everything is balanced by an eternal movement that prevents energy from crystallizing.
The circle is eternity, perfect balance, is my own center.
Gesture is my breath, is living matter captured on canvas.
Silence, stillness and contemplation during my search give me the answers I need to continue.
Being and contemplating help open doors which allow us to see our own meaning.
Nobody can be more or less than what they are; therefore, what I see outside is what I have inside. I am my work.
Rebeca Mendoza 2011