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Genesis: Creation and Decadence

Erick Sanchez biblical painting from Genesis 1:20In the new series of heavily textured large format paintings and installations entitled Genesis: Creation & Decadence, I invite the viewer to share a vision of the Genesis, the time of sacred beginnings. A series firmly grounded on abstract expression, it is an attempt to reveal what is immemorial.

A significant aspect of the Genesis series is the bold use of colors, which until now had been relegated to a monochromatic palette in combination with the frequent use of earth and ochre tones. Feverishly traced and embedded in layers of mineral pigments, the deep marks are like calligraphic scars. The diffused placement of biblical verses is a recurrent motif that adds to the scriptural tone of the series. The use of high contrast draws attention to the paired allegories prevalent throughout the Bible: good and evil, sacred and profane, love and hate, light and darkness – creation and decadence.

The complex list of materials, often reads closer to that of a chemist. It is for this reason that this work is akin to that of an alchemist exploring the binding of pigments and minerals in novel combinations. It has often been said that every true artist seeks to replicate the Act of Creation through their work. Undaunted by the ambitious task of visually interpreting the Creator’s original actions, this work offers an heroic and inspired glimpse into an immense universal vision. This vision carries within the seeds of revelation – the semblance of truth eternal.

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