Bestiary

The Bestiaries have a long tradition in literature. They were very popular in the Middle Ages. It is a compilation, description and catalogue of a group of animals or plants. Bestiaries were textual descriptions that could be accompanied with ilustrations.

This bestiary emerges from the observation of nature and discovering elements (roots, tres, rocks…) that can be asociated to faces, characters, beings etc. It is born from encounters with these beings that populate nature and that observe us without being fully visible.

The series of photographs has been structured in three sections:

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Portraits

A specific point of view allows the miracle of giving life to these characters of nature and allowing us to visualize them.

This series of photographs reminds us of primitive masks -African or Oriental-, a portrait of Arcimboldo, or also takes us to the artistic avant-guard: pointillism, expressionism, constructivism, cubism, etc.

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Masks and looks

These series have been made from elements that, once coupled with their symmetrical, complete a character. Where there was something undetermined, through symmetry, a being is created.

The resulting looks and faces connect us to varied characters: those that are described by science fiction and fantasy literature. Or they remind us of other cultures like black africa, barroque oriental hindus and budists, the american mayas and aztecs, etc.

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Constructions

This series also emerges from a “constructive” way of seeing things that pursues elements in order to build others from combining them and using symmetry.

These constructions can be poetic and breif like a visual haiku, mandala or rosette, or they can be complex, taking us back to barroque architecture and oriental cultures, Gaudi’s world, modernist architecture, organic architecture or fantasy.