Exhibition in Škocjan
These works constitute a modest tribute to Mexican writer Octavio Paz, in the first centenary of his birth (1914-1998).
The majority were chosen by the Jury of the Annual Review within Review Festival to award the editors of the best cultural magazines in Europe. They were exhibited in the framework of that event held annually in Škocjan, Slovenia, organized by European writers Stanka and Primoz Repar under the auspices of the European Commission and UNESCO.
Interval 1 Interval 2
oil on amate 40/60 oil on amate, 40/60
hanging over a pause,
apparitions neither named
nor thought, wind-forms,
insubstantial as time,
and, like time, dissolved.
Made of time, they are not time;
they are the cleft, the interstice,
the brief vertigo of between
where the diaphanous flower opens:
high on its stalk of a reflection
it vanishes as it turns.
1914-2014,(Two stanzas from the poem “Interval”).
The Grove 1 The Grove 2
oil on amate 60/40 oil on amate 60/40
Enorme y sólida
Golpeada por el viento
Rumor de un millón de hojas
Contra mi ventana.
Motín de árboles,
Oleaje de sonidos verdinegros.
Quieta de pronto,
Es un tejido de ramas y frondas.
Hay claros llameantes.
Caída en esas redes
Una materia violenta y resplandeciente,
Un animal iracundo y rápido,
Cuerpo de lumbre entre las hojas:
(Fragmento del poema “La Arboleda”)
Cosmology, Teotl and the Metaphor of the Root
A solid group of scholars of the Philosophy of the Ancient Mexicans now concur that at the heart of Nahuatl philosophy lies the idea of a single, dynamic, life-giving, eternally self-generating and self-regenerative sacred power, energy or force: what the Nahuatls call teotl. The real meaning of [teotl] is spirit — a concentration of power as a sacred and impersonal force. Teotl …implies something more than the idea of the divine manifested in the form of a god or gods; instead it signifies the sacred in more general terms, as ever-flowing and ever-changing energy-in-motion – not as a discrete, static entity.
Everything that exists constitutes an utterly inclusive and interrelated oneness; this oneness is sacred; and everything that exists is substantially identical and thus one with the sacred.
To take this concept one step further, the unceasing generation-and-regeneration of the Cosmos by Teotl is also unceasing self-transformation-and-retransformation of being.
In this exhibition of paintings, teotl manifests itself and disguises itself before human beings in a dizzying array of artistic-shamanic forms: the apparent materialness of that which exists, i.e., the static appearance of entities such as human beings, mountains, trees, insects, birds, seeds, etc. This is an illusion, since each and every one of them is simply one more facet of teotl‘s sacred movement.
As we can see in this show, in the final analysis teotl moves and works as a “metaphor of the root or the truth” to which various thinkers allude and call an “archetype” and “logical principle” that governs the unifying “coherent core” of Nahuatl philosophy. teotl encompasses metaphysical, epistemological, moral and aesthetic facets inasmuch as it functions simultaneously as primal source, object, and/or level of reality, knowledge, value, rightness, and beauty.
oil on canvas 60/60
Feast of Contemplation
oil on canvas 40/30
In the Beginning
oil on amate 30/40
Mask, Face and Smile
oil on amate 40/30
Sensuality and Reflection
oil on amate 60/40
Philosophy of the Present
oil on canvas 30/30