The Roar of Paradise
In the video/animation “The Roar of Paradise”, the theme of the balance of opposites is depicted as existing within a cyber space that looks toward the infinite as a metaphor for the metamorphosis of identity. The central narrative is the mutable character of individual identity as existing simultaneously in both a celestial and physical existence. In this piece existence is infinite and ever changing as the images and patters express the ongoing balance of the opposites of life and death.
And how the self perpetually evolves, assuming different guises to find a oneness to the human condition that ultimately has no destination and exists in a void alone to perceive, to see and know the cycles of the countless facades of profound change, where the journey itself is its own destination.
Commissioned in 2013 by DENVER DIGERATI for the DENVER THEATRE DISTRICT
La Tierra is a 2012 short experimental video/animation that explores the image of the Mexican/Chicano masked wrestler (Spanish: luchador) which serves as a visual symbol of the struggle to overcome the colonized mind. The main figure portrays an embodiment of the two-sided face of post-colonial trauma, a descendant of both the colonized and colonizer.
La Tierra seeks to convey a sense of empowerment by expressing the interplay of both fantasy and truth. Where an empathy for the character evokes a type of social mirror and the masked wrestler is both a true hero existing only in longing and dreams and is the duality between wish and veracity while conveying experiences that are heroic, romantic and at times tragic. The luchador exists in a state of being where the voices of civil rights and the social justice struggles of the past echo as a resounding roar that may give hope to the labors and hardships of the immigrants of today.
The colonized and descendants of the colonized have been put through a trial that has never been based in reason. If we look at history, the adversaries of equality have acted from cruel emotions and biases. In a sense it is my hope to call upon the act of compassion and for others to understand the courage and solemn dignity of the immigrant in America. La Tierra shows torment but moves towards a sense of tranquil release in the liberation that comes at the end where the figure of death emerges and faces the tormented figure and who does not look away. She is the death of his anguish ultimately creating a new reality of hope and triumph.
The short experimental video/animation ‘Rabia’ explores the image of the Mexican/Chicano masked wrestler or Luchador to serve as a visual metaphor for an intersection of individuality with the images and sounds of popular and historic mass media.
The content of this work reflects a transformation and occurrence that is expressed through the global civil right experience where the collective sounds of struggles for social justice and liberty are reflected through the voices of resistance that are juxtaposed with the image of the Luchador.
He is a free fighter that undergoes a symbolic metamorphosis into an ethereal being that encompasses the notion of inner transformation through struggle that liberates the individual to be a specter of deliverance from oppression and a luminous presence for hope.