I aim to communicate the social inequities and express the need to balance social disparities found in society whether it be the vulnerable youth or the elderly population.
After growing up in my home country of Colombia and seeing first hand the underprivileged and vulnerable populations, I have been fortunate to immigrate to the United Kingdom and make a new life. I have attended university for photography & film to equip myself with the tools to document and bring to light the socioeconomics and plight of the vulnerable populations.
The COVID-19 epidemic has now catapulted me once again into my current project called The Golden Years. This portrait series of mine aims to portray the elderly population in dignified fashion and then highlight their lives and accomplishments. This project has been in the works for many years and suddenly came to life after the losses of my grandmother and many honourable and vulnerable seniors during this global epidemic. I have painted a portrait of my grandmother called Stairway to Heaven as a tribute to her loving memory and a broad series of portraits portraying other elders in vibrant colours. The elderly population will now be remembered and celebrated in my social art project.
The Golden Years Series
STATEMENT OF IMPACT
As a social artist, I have deepened my own insights into the vulnerable populations of society beginning in my home country of Colombia. Vulnerability is a topic that I have felt extremely passionate about from a young age while going through a humble childhood. I have had the good fortune of immigrating to the United Kingdom.
I have challenged the viewer with a photography project about the socioeconomic factors of childhood in third world countries. I had traveled for 5 years to document the vulnerable youth. The project had culminated with a photography book that is titled Work Play and No Rest culminating in donations to 2 orphanages (Beautiful Gate in Cape town and the Aldea Orphanage in Abancay, Peru). 5 copies of the book are now in the British Library.
The Golden Years art project is a continuation of my prior photographic project of vulnerable youth. I am portraying the other end of the spectrum, namely, the elderly population.
I hope to impact viewers with the vibrancy of my portraits using the medium of paint and convey the need for renewal in society. I believe that my art project can also shift our paradigms and the way that we think about the elderly population. It will honour and celebrate the elderly so that they will have a more visible and dignified standing in our society.