My work is rooted in my relationship with Colombia’s bio-political landscape, particularly the vulnerable rainforest. My contemporary vision of its astounding diversity, the interdependence of its life forms and its precarious fate is framed by the vision of botanist José Celestino Mutis and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who in the 18th and 19th centuries compulsively documented the flora and fauna of this land previously unknown to Europe.
Like them, I have been profoundly affected by witnessing this territory on expeditions with my father. My methodology echoes theirs. I collect specimens in the field to build the digital archive from which I create intricately layered and densely detailed reinventions of the natural Colombian landscape.
These digital paintings and collages of ever-increasing size form immersive environments, surrounding the viewer with nature. However, the nature I create is mostly monochrome, its lack of color reference old engravings, and acts as metaphor for the endangered natural world. A few details I paint in gold, reminders of the devastating cost of man’s avarice.
My work can be viewed as an urgent call to preserve endangered ecosystems and as a signpost to issues that are still being contested in bitter scientific and political battles.