“I've been using the graphic nature of cutouts to represent artifacts of mixed backgrounds – Zapotec pottery, Greek amphorae, Aztec Masks – collections of icons that continue the narrative of blending I've been playing with. I include living things like branches and plants both to reference Greek (and Mesoamerican) designs and to evoke the idea of an overgrowth. These are 'artifacts from the future' in my mind, and the future I'm depicting is always lush and wild. So the Deseo series is about desire (shocker) and longing and takes a lot of inspiration from the Odyssey. These works are more archeological in nature, focusing on 'a depiction of a depiction,' as I've said about some previous works. ” — RF Alvarez
RF Alvarez (b. 1988) explores the act of artifact-making in his work. Using disparate historical references, he draws from motifs and iconography to address issues of identity and culture, often including the intersection of text and image. His work focuses on how the documents of experiences can have their own tradition or heritage and how those heritages can reflect back onto the subject. Alvarez is currently based in Austin, TX.
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