Floral cord

Paper hummingbird with flower spinal cord

This piece took several months because I was finding a way to make flowers look like a spinal cord. I drew the background first and then I mounted the paper flowers and the little hummingbird.

There is a lot of similarities in nature and I want to say we’re all very much alike: flowers, plants, non-human animals, humans, and the patterns in nature.

I’m also doing what I should have done a while ago- making something about my father. Yes, he made a lot of big mistakes and I was too little to understand, but I held the resentment in my heart until it was maybe too late. He was a doctor working in emergency medicine and he lived miles away from me. One day he just suddenly died of an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) rupture and I never got the chance to say: “dad, we’re okay”.

Sadly, I understood too late that having him close, and forgiving, would have been good for both of us. Sure, what happened was ugly and I still have issues about it, but people can change for the better. Many things could have healed the wounds besides time – it took so long for me to understand… and now, at this moment in my life, I would have liked to be able to talk to him as a friend and ask for advice… something I never had from him.

We all make big mistakes and the lesson is to forgive and understand, because our lives are short and we never know when will be the last time we see the people who are important to us.

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You deserve what you dream

Mereces lo que sueñas

Mereces lo que sueñas

This sentence comes from Gustavo Cerati’s song Beautiful. It’s a powerful sentence… I mean… what do you dream about? There’s also a song from Gustavo called Al fin sucede (It finally happens) that goes: you wanted it so much that it finally happens… and you were so afraid of it that it finally happens. And sometimes it’s hard to think about what you really want instead of dreading what you don’t want.

To make this piece I drew the lettering with a pencil and ink and was imposed on a digital manipulation of photos of flowers I’ve taken here and there. Kew Gardens in spring comes to mind: it is indeed like living a dream. When you live in a concrete jungle with almost zero parks, you learn to appreciate nature too.

 

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