Artist’s Statement

I work on unplanned subjects, elements, emotions, life experiences, which belong to my subconscious. These subjects relate to or have related to my personal or explored life, encompassing our notion of past, present and future life.

My focus evolves around the exploration of human emotions; hence the journey starts from a place of unknown.

I usually start with a thought in my head, which instinctively grows from my differing emotions that I am feeling at that time in my life. I can walk around for hours, venturing out at night and walking the streets, slowly but surely sensing that the idea is germinating as I take in the scene around me. The sense of a work (or project) eventually crystallises and I can then commence the process of putting the concepts inside my head onto the canvas.

My work demands us to discover for ourselves what we perceive we are seeing. My current projects are essentially hiding the obvious within the artwork itself. I am deliberately diminishing the clarity and then the final step within the artwork is creating a linear view of the world, providing the definition that we are searching for in each piece.

In this way I am drawing the viewer into a state of reflection. By way of example, my most recent pieces provide a more ‘figurative’ aspect to the works. The viewer can readily identify a ‘human figure’, with each artwork intentionally demonstrating the figure in an almost comical or grotesque position. Again, but in a different way, asking us to reflect on the emotional element of the human state.

With each piece I start my own journey of self-discovery, ultimately providing the platform for my subconscious to become conscious and the artwork can then stand on its own, bringing the unplanned subject that I started with to life.

Maico Camilo

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