Codex Drawing Score Project
Update: This event has been postponed (planned for May 6th). Please stay tuned for further updates.
For this event, Raphael will lead visitors and participants in a dance derived from a miracle story. Written in a codex format mostly composed of pictures, the personal story of sacrifice and redemption will serve less as a verbal narrative and more as a springboard for movement. By releasing energy through dance, the participatory performance will work the body’s own best memory device – physical movement.
“My work R deals with the ancient conflict of Europe and America, as played out in the drama of the fall of Mexico at the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors. This ancient history produced the Mexican ‘mestizo’ race of people who are not just indigenous and not just Spanish.
As an adult, I became very interested in my Mexican heritage, and began using the inspiration of its artistic expressions to explore my own themes.
I attended California College of the Arts in San Francisco, receiving a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2009. Having explored many new avenues including performance work during my time at CCA, my focus is shifting now to the printed word, and to constructions of shaped sheet metal.
I am finding inspiration in the mexican tradition of ‘hoja de lata’, or hammered tin, and am coming up with wall mounted shaped constructions of vessels and domestic objects.
Other recent inspirations for my work come from the finding of a very old letter by a friend of mine, which arrived at his house many many years after it was sent. I became fascinated by the idea of a message being lost somewhere only to find its place years later. I have been creating ‘antique’ letters using a very old typewriter and leaving them at galleries.”
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