Studies on the Movement of Water • Catalina Africa Espinosa

Jun 3 to Jul 2, 2016 • Tall Gallery

Studies on the movement of water

Studies of myself
Reflections of myself on bodies of water
Reflections of paintings on the surface of water
Reflections of paintings on the surface of water broken by a skipping stone
An implied direction moving beyond the surface
Adventures beyond the surface of myself as a painting

A waterfall in multiple dimensions
The ocean absorbing moonlight
Pools of vibrating water
A full moon forming an eye
A full moon reflected in my lover’s eyes
Plants casting shadows on a dark night
Shadows casting dappled sunlight
Dappled sunlight falling on a painting
Early morning sunlight

Watching the sky with closed eyes
Feeling the inner essence of a distant mountain
A geography that is also myself
Feelings as vast and wide as the landscape
Feelings as vast and wide as the open sea

Decoding the messages of the universe based on cloud observation
The birth and death of a star as seen through the eyes of a hermit crab
The movement the universe makes as it breathes
Multiple faces of the universe being born

Catalina Africa Espinosa
May 2016

Studies on the Movement of Water documents the artist’s sensate impressions of changing ecologies. Relocating to the rural seashore, Catalina Africa Espinosa produces paintings that revel in the fluidity and flux of the ocean as well as the land that surrounds it.

In surfacing forms that refer to both the surfaces and depths of the sea and the uncountable connections between sky and shore, the artist reveals a cosmic fascination with the “geography that is also myself”, reflecting the proverbial sense of seeing the universe in a grain of sand. This act of aesthetic introspection towards the world beyond is reflected in a recently-penned poem by the artist, where she ends with the following lines:

…Decoding the messages of the universe based on cloud observation
The birth and death of a star as seen through the eyes of a hermit crab
The movement the universe makes as it breathes
Multiple faces of the universe being born.

—Lisa Ito