I often think of the phrase that Albert Einstein had hanging in his office at Princeton: “The reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent.”
A few years ago, when I freed myself from the Newtonian idea of reality as something that is alien, who is always there even though we no longer exist, to go into another concept of truth which always depends on the perception, that allowed me to start to materialize my thoughts, spilling the contents of my imagination: the imagination became reality, my reality.
I’ve always lived more or less peacefully with all kinds of imaginary beings, but lately I have been channeling this through digital art, photography manipulated by taking advantage of the Internet connection, in what has given me an experience very liberating some of these beings now inhabit not only my reality but the reality of many others.
Pablo Picasso said: “I paint what I see, I paint what I think.” I express my thoughts through digital art is the vehicle that I chose and where I feel most comfortable, as it allows me to achieve the appearance of reality I want to print my work, while maintaining the illusion, ie the more than reasonable doubt whether that exists or will ever exist beyond my own thoughts.
I identify with the phrase of the Guatemalan artist Gustavo Fajardo: “The art in these times should trigger a wound so that future generations learn from the scar.”
Pedro Palencia, February 2012.Read More »