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Heterotopia


Heterotopia n°1

36 x 48 In.

Acrylic on canvas

2021

Heterotopia n°2

36 x 48 In.

Acrylic on canvas

2021


I painted Heterotopia nº 1 and Heterotopia nº 2 with the concept of “other spaces“ in mind. This concept (Heterotopias) was developed by French philosopher Michel Foucault to describe spaces that are outside of all places, like worlds within worlds, “in-between” spaces, yet spaces that reflect or speak to the outside.


For some time now, I have been painting spaces or landscapes depicting worlds that are “other”. These worlds seem to possess a dream-like quality. In Heterotopia nº 1 and Heterotopia nº 2, I try to depict such “in between” worlds. The transitional spaces that the displaced, the placeless, whether migrants or refugees, have come to accept as a necessary means to something better. Spaces that can be at the same time beautiful and frightening. Spaces where hope and despair coexist. Spaces where place and time are constantly in doubt.


Often in my work, shapes emerge as would objects, animals or people in a dream. When possible, I try to respect these intrusions by letting them permeate through the work as they come from a deep place within me. In these paintings I use warm earth tones and cool colors in opposition to each other, further emphasizing the impossible reality of the placeless places they depict.

Ref.: Michel Foucault. Des espaces autres, Hétérotopies (1967). “Of other spaces, Heterotopias (1967), published by the Journal Architecture/Mouvement/ Continuité in October, 1984.”

https://foucault.info/documents/heterotopia/foucault.heteroTopia.en/

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