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 wholeness 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.
The name of the rose: God within its petals
The name of the rose, triptych, mixed media, 3 x 76.2cm x 76.2cm, 1997
Rosa caótica, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 112.4cm x 76.2cm, 2001
Rosa misteriosa, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 104.8cm x 74.9cm, 2001
Rosa blanca, charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 112.4cm x 76.2cm, 2002
Perspectives, Digital, 2002
Rosa maravillosa #1, oil on paper glued onto a board, 47.0cm x 38.1cm, 2002
Rosa voluptuosa,charcoal and pencil on BFK Rives, 101.6cm x 66.0cm, 2003
Rosa maravillosa #3, oil on paper glued onto a board, 34.9cm x 29.2cm, 2003
Rosa nerviosa, charcoal and pencil on paper, --cm x --cm, 2003
Rosa deseosa, charcoal and pencil on paper, --cm x --cm, 2003
Rosa lujuriosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2004
Rosa grandiosa, oil on canvas, 127.0cm x 81.3cm, 2004
Rosa cavernosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2005
Rosa ambiciosa, oil on canvas, 86.4cm x 71.1cm, 2006
Rosa bulliciosa, (Study), oil on canvas, 30.5cm x 30.5cm, 2021
Rosa bulliciosa, oil on canvas, 81.0cm x 81.0cm, 2021
02 May 2021