Oniric

LIFE AS AN ARTIST

The unfathomable challenge faced by an artist is to translate something inexplicable by means of a tangible language.

What longs to break free?

Wrapped in the sweet ideal of touching the divine, Art turns the inner world upside down and drowns us in the vastness of the invisible and eternal.

A  journey of Becoming
In the wings of the imagination
A door to magical encounters
A promise…

ARTIST STATEMENT

I create Imaginative landscapes flowing in an organic rhythm
Fleeting moments of light…
Mirrors of intricate veils wrapping revelations…
A path to uncover the secrets of the soul, the symbolic way in which it expresses it’s true.
May magic be found…

Sprinkled with wonder and passion I attempt to cast a language of my own with the certainty that through my daily work in the Studio I am unveiling destiny. 

As I sketch, jolt words or incessantly repeat a musical phrase, something bigger than me draws, writes and sings a story; one dreaming of the future while shaping the Nowadays.

Medium:

I work with several techniques and mixed mediums.  Acrylics though are a favorite; their watery quality allows for happy surprises and well-studied figuration. They are capable of giving both, a transparent brilliance and gorgeous density.  I find acrylics versatility, ideal for worlds to be explored! 

I am fascinated by human imagination and the soul; I look to unveil the blueprint that stands for our divinity and its power to recreate life. Thus, I allow the painting to be stripped of prejudices and express its truth.

My work focuses on layers of colors and depths that organize themselves in unexpected ways as if guided by the painting’s voice itself.  Through labyrinths and puzzles;  endless waves and lines emerge, dissolve, dance and transform.  My background as a musician influences the way in which the visual harmonies reach a cadence and leap into new worlds speaking of longings, beauty and the quest for meaning. 

Their ultimate impact; is the impact of recognition. Their perceived life; is no longer…

Layer by layer a universe built itself; challenging me to break through its secrets.

Through colored metaphors and intricate juxtapositions, I explore the complexity of existence and the poetry of our human fragility

INFLUENCES

I am a storyteller at heart, I am inspired by myths of origin and heroic deeds, the wisdom in nature and the universe contained in the human soul. I look for the vastness of the cosmos in my surroundings and long for the intimate and deep connection beyond languages and form.

I find in music the shapes, colors and structure that serve my purpose, The long lines that move timelessly traversing centuries with the narrative of human longings and quest for purpose.

My compass

  • Reflect impermanence or ethereality
  • Offer an expanded world of luminescence and light.
  • Reveal the connectedness to nature and the cosmos and its intricate storytelling
  • Discovering mysticism and esoteric aspects of colors and their combinations.
  • Combined abstraction and representation
  • Discover the simplified lines that hold the secrets to existence and the spontaneous movement in response to touch, emotions and the elements
  • Create optical illusions through the manipulation of patterns, shapes, and colors.
  • Overlap layers of luminous color to give the appearance of delineated lines and hint a center
  • Most of all… conveying strong emotional and expressive content that speaks to the Soul
  • My work

If I had to define my style I would say my art is a form of Organic Abstraction playing with the subject of dreams. I love the rounded or wavy abstract forms that one finds in nature and in music, the complex layers that hide the center the essence of life, the subtle speech of metaphors and time.

My inspiration models:

Rothko, O’Keeffe, Mondrian’s early work, Calder, Vasarely, De Kooning, Frankenthaler, Margaret Neill, Richard Caldicott, Tamayo, Borges, Otero, Cruz Diez., Carlos Raul Villanueva, Rodin, Miro, Henry Moore, H. Barr, Picasso, Albert Oehlen, Braque, Rodchenko and Gilliam Ayres. To name some…

Thank you.

Mercedes Calcano

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