2020 has been a different year.
In this virtual exhibition, I will attempt to reflect
my personal experiences throughout it,
which implicitly relate to the events that
have taken place globally this challenging year.
I will be presenting, in a chronological fashion,
a series of self-portraits which bear the title "As I am today".
They are a testimony of my state of being that particular day.
A wide range of emotions is covered and, as you will see,
they show a rapid rate of change in my personal evolution.
I shall not try to make the connection with 2020's events
explicit, for I believe it is either apparent or non-existent,
and I would rather let you interpret their meaning for yourself.
I have shared the subsequent drawings through
my website and through Instagram after they were made.
I hope you enjoy the works,
and I thank you for your time and attention,
ANNOUNCEMENT: A physical exhibition of this project happened!
It was in Sant Lluc, in Barcelona, through the 4th - 18th of December.
Some closing remarks:
When I had finished the last drawing, an idea came to mind
regarding the meaning I feel behind the self-portraits.
Their meaning, their purpose, the reason I do them,
more than to discover different aspects about myself, which I do,
is to come to terms with my own existence.
I do not know how this may sound to you, but I feel it true for me. As I look out from the canvas or the page, one can imagine me seeing a variety of things: a void, the spectator, myself...
In the most primal way, I am looking at / for myself.
In another, by engaging with you the spectator with my gaze,
I am activating and transmitting the act of seeing to you,
so that in the end the work acts as a mirror and it is you
who comes to terms with your own existence.
The word awareness also comes to mind.
This also relates to the previous interpretations
because with these self-portraits I state: I am, I see.
That I am aware of myself and, in some way, also of you.
That with these self-portraits I am making myself aware.
In any case, these are my intents behind the works.
I would love to know your reaction to these works
and your interpretation about them, so consider
sharing them with me by sending me an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org so we may start a conversation.
Thank you truly for your time and attention,