The series "Peticionarias" start in 2003. A key concept is presented here: the act of illuminating or conceiving a desire.
As light is essential for the vision, illuminating is to enable the act of vision. On that general basis, I produced a series of images where candles are used as a pretext to play with the ligh that flickers. The candle reflects the fleetingness of a present time and its finality is to enlighten us about the reality of this fleetingness. The light is the energy concentrated on the flame,that expands towards its surrounding space, creating ambiances and an atmospheric painting built from concentrations and expansions of colour, fluxes of light, turning spirals that twist creating movement and energy circuits.
Illuminating is presented as a metaphorical act of desire. In many different cultures, a flame is often lit to safeguard a long awaited dream. While the flame is lit, the wish prevails, the hope of a request being granted, a desire for something to happen, and also a memory hoped to be prolonged in time. The titles of the images make reference to this idea of petition: a healing candle, a candle for courage, a candle for a son, a candle for protection, a candle for happiness, etc. This way, illuminating becomes an invocation act, as it leads desire towards one direction. The flame is the visual representation of a petition for a wish to be granted.
Each painting represents not only a petition, but also an act of faith, the certainty that keeping that flame will impregnate the canvas with a power that will lead us towards the desired wish.
The image of a ritually lit candle has also the capacity of creating a link between the body of desire and the enigma of the perpetual.
I photograph an oil painting that is then transformed using a computer program. Finally, I print it on a canvas and apply a very glossy varnish finish.