The Rose Project

Initiated in 1997 as a submission for a show called Divine, “The name of the rose” (see triptych below) was adopted as a reference to Umberto Eco's novel and film based on his novel. There is no more association to Eco's work except that it refers to the beauty of the title of the novel itself, and the arena in which the plot takes place. That is, a monastery in Middle Ages and its library with monks keeping and copying manuscripts. This inspired my work as a form of referring to ways of knowing, to ways our mind grasp reality.

 

Most cultures have associated spiritual and mythical meanings to roses.  Christian and Muslim mystics believed that God could be found within the petals of a rose. I associated this idea to the integrity of the mind. That is, thinking and feeling go in hand, and the result is the rose itself in the center. The rose in the central panel is the quest for clarity and wholeness, within my capacity to make sense of the external and internal worlds. The knowledge I am referring to is more than the prescriptive knowledge we normally merely hold into consideration. It refers to the integrity of the mind.

In 2000, a series of drawings and paintings was started addressing the same subject as an expression of my work within the rose itself. In the late 2000s this series was interrupted due to professional and family reasons. Finally, I was able to conclude it in 2021. Please, see below for learning about The Rose Project series.

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The name of the rose: God within its petals

The Name of the Rose or the integrity of the mind

The name of the rose, triptych, mixed media, 3 x 76.2cm x 76.2cm, 1997

The chaotic rose or the "wiggly" world

Rosa caótica, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 112.4cm x 76.2cm, 2001

The mysterious rose or mysteries hidden in plain sight

Rosa misteriosa, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 104.8cm x 74.9cm, 2001

White rose or the purity of intent

Rosa blanca, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 112.4cm x 76.2cm, 2002

There are no truths but perspectives

Perspectives, Digital, 2002

Marvellous rose or rose of wonders

Rosa maravillosa #1, oil on paper glued onto a board, 47.0cm x 38.1cm, 2002

Voluptuous rose or rose of sensual pleasures

Rosa voluptuosa,charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 101.6cm x 66.0cm, 2003

Marvellous rose or rose of wonders

Rosa maravillosa #3, oil on paper glued onto a board, 34.9cm x 29.2cm, 2003

Nervous rose or rose of excitement

Rosa nerviosa, charcoal and pencil on paper, --cm x --cm, 2003

Rose is desire

Rosa deseosa, charcoal and pencil on paper, --cm x --cm, 2003

The lustful rose

Rosa lujuriosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2004

The grandiose rose

Rosa grandiosa, oil on canvas, 127.0cm x 81.3cm, 2004

The cavernous rose

Rosa cavernosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2005

The ambitious rose

Rosa ambiciosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2006

The amicable rose (study)

Rosa amistosa, (Study), oil on canvas, 30.5cm x 30.5cm, 2021

The amicable rose

Rosa amistosa, oil on canvas glued onto a panel, 81.0cm x 81.0cm, 2021

02 May 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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