The state of introspection is sometimes perceived as a closure, isolation from the world, an escape. The reality is that it is a dialogue with ourselves, within a world much greater than that which exists outside, and far from an escape is a return, voluntary or imposed, to the universe to which we truly belong.
XXI is a series in which I explore those moments of return through five contemporary women, who underwent the exercise of being lost in their privacy in front of the camera.
The exploration of this universe through the feminine has been a constant in my work and perhaps the initial inspiration was given to me by Edward Hopper, whose work studies those states of introspection, reverie, disconnection from the material world, especially with female characters. Particularly eloquent for me is his 1952 Morning Sun, in which his wife Josephine serves as a model.
This series is a resonance of XVI, a 2013 work in which contemporary women assumed the inheritance of notable women of the 16th century, in order to vindicate their femininity and record that mysterious heritage connects them with the original feminine creative sense.
Assuming Hopper's theme and procedure, I present these contemporary women who take refuge in a few square meters to, from there, open the doors to an immense universe of which we only have assumptions and the uncertain guidance of the texts they write as a resonance of experience. to which we were given access.
José M. Ramírez. Florida, USA.
José M. Ramírez, XXI
[This sketch is part of the "Sketchbook Project" of the Brooklyn Art Library. Volume 16, # S8593113] The state of introspection is...