Francisco Garcia, “El Reflejo”

“El Reflejo”, mixed media/assemblage, 2020.
Detail of “El Reflejo”, mixed media/assemblage, 2020.
Detail of “El Reflejo”, mixed media/assemblage, 2020.
Detail of “El Reflejo”, mixed media/assemblage, 2020.

Materials: a pocket dictionary, the fragment of a brick from an abandoned house in North West London, MDF boards, acrylic paints.

Dimensions: 60cm x 30cm x 5cm

Learn more about Francisco Garcia at www.alfrart.com

Artist’s comment: The inspiration for this work is partly the current context in which we live day today and partly a pre-Hispanic document known as the Dresden codex. The current context is an interpretation of the need to redefine what house means. What does home mean? Recent times have been characterised by the disruption of various concepts in everyday life: health, work, personal economy, interpersonal relationships, travel etc. Each person’s reality varies in many aspects. The answers to the questions may vary according to the socio-cultural aspects of each individual. The question of what house means arises after the first months of confinement due to the pandemic. Fortunately I can speak of a space where I live. But there are many cases where everything changes. Some time ago, dictionaries were one of the sources to consult to find a meaning. The Internet came to change the appearance of information sources. The pandemic is another change to the approach and use of the co-dependency of online life. The second area of inspiration comes after reading about the Dresden Codex, which was created by the Mayans in Central America in 1200 AD, and the content and interpretation given to it. I see it as a very important document where areas of history are discussed as well as astronomical tables; it is a kind of dictionary-calendar of that time. The work that I present is part of a search for meaning in the world as it is today. I use paints and textures that resonate with the content of the Codex, where astronomical tables and mentions of torrential rains are discussed.