Raul de la Torre mixes media to create opportunities and explore responses to material on various surfaces. Embroidery, paint and manipulation of the surface cast subtle shadows to expose endless possibilities.
In this series of works, I attempt to find the third dimension through the use of different materials. Initially, I removed paint from the artistic equation by slicing the works, combining canvas and paper with selected materials.
Gradually, the slicing gained more importance, a reflection, perhaps, of my increased desire to be more aggressive. The result, however, although possessing more physical dimension, remained static and I realized paint was needed to provide freshness and movement.
Embroidery provides another element as it created thick shadows with organic shapes. When combined with light, these shapes offer different views of the work to various observers.
The interaction between the artist, gravity, and the paint is important for the final result. The technique I've employed attempts to eliminate the absolute imprint of the artist's hand. This permits the paint to be a major architect of the final result, giving it a life of its own.
It should be noted this results in infinite and timeless color combinations. In many cases, the different layers of color each represent a temporary state of mind, time, and even places and people.
FILS I COLORS is an attempt to find life, movement and parts that are not static, that change in their interaction with the observer. It is also essential that the different combinations of colors represent different emotions and interpretations for each individual interacting with the works.
- Raul de la Torre, 2011