Born in Cuba/Lives and Works in Miami
Subtlety and Power, 2016
Size: 36” x 48”
Medium: Collage on Canvas
Subtlety and Power
Many are the artists who have replicated Under the Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. His masterpiece, also knows as the “Great Wave,” has been used as a symbol for tsunamis, hurricanes, and is even found as an emoji on smartphones (such is the cultural widespread of this global iconic reference). Anabel Ruiz’ rendition pays homage to Hokusai, parting from her deep admiration of the artist, as well as her personal enthrallment with Japanese culture in general. It is with deep respect and esteem that the artist tackled this subject matter, incorporating her own personal collage technique, and incorporating a figurative component that characterizes most of her work.
If I were to describe what I do from the surface, from a practical perspective, I’d recur to the words we find in the definition of collage: cutting, layering, pasting. These are gestures, descriptions of the process. But to me, collage is much more than that. It’s a personal choice in art medium that reveals who I am today and the personal history that has brought me to the present time.
It is said that resistance to being dominated was a key factor in driving the evolutionary emergence of human consciousness, language, kinship and social organization, and I am a firm believer of this truth… I have lived this truth. This belief permeates what I do as an artist and it’s at the core of my evolution as such.
Collage allows me to gather and organize disparate elements found in magazines, books or other printed media, to present a unified work of art. It’s a lot like life, that presents us with fresh and new possibilities every single day, while it’s our job to choose and perform, while these components work together to make it ours, our life, and thus be co-creators in this already created universe.
Every day, without them knowing it, I choose to work with the greatest publishers, the most superb designers, the most diverse models… an infinite world of pleasure where I submerge myself through collage.
Although two-dimensional, don’t fool yourself… these collages aren’t silent. They are immensely vocal, for they express my personal freedom.