Daniel Rios Rodriguez: Serpentine Dream
“I rarely think too hard about what my work “means” as of late. But if I had to say anything at all I’d say my work is about describing my dreams. All I ever dream about is approaching and entering new landscapes. I am travelling constantly when I dream. Always coming around the corner to witness some vast mountain range, exiting a train to set foot in a new city, boarding an airplane to fly away somewhere. It’s always a different place.
The paintings in a sense are like portals, the serpents represent me to some degree. How could they not?! I have no genuine interest in snakes. They are purely symbolic, a carrier of energy and stories. And I dream of them too. Visions of a serpent inhaling its prey for sustenance, unlocking its jaws to accommodate and swallow what will give it new life. Shedding its skin and changing with the environment. Becoming something new. If I am a snake, then my studio is the rock I hide under to protect me from the sun. But I must come out. I must eat. I must live.
And then there are my children. I am always thinking about them as I paint. They are in my work. In threes like spirits that guide me. They are always with me like the stars in the sky. Even when I can’t see them.
Then there is material. I want to craft a humble picture of my experience with common materials. What can I find and reassemble and paint on. Not a picture so much as a sensation. I want the painting to ask “can you feel me?”, I want the looker to think “I can feel you”. I don’t care much for illusions. I want hard and soft wooden grainy edges, splinters and rope hairs, vibrance when necessary but on its own terms and for itself. I want the language of my work to be in relationship with the oldest of images. All snakes, all spirals, all the flowers, suns and all the stars ever painted.”
Daniel Rios Rodiguez, 2021
South Anne Street, Dublin 2
Monday 10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45
Friday 10:00 - 17:45
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