Above the Water, Yucatan
Oil on canvas
The painting might be an abstract interpretation of both the physical landscape of the Yucatán peninsula, with its emerald jungles and stunning coastlines, and the cultural landscape of that area. The alarming variety of pictorial elements seem to bear few similarities besides being on the same canvas, much like the many peoples of the Yucatan share that space. Native Americans, impoverished Latinos, and wealthy tourists inhabit the peninsula much like bright green, magenta, and muted brown co inhabit the painting. But like the history of the Yucatan, the composition is violent and jarring, with sharp vertical lines slice through the dazzling areas of pure color much like the Yucatan itself has been ceaselessly haunted by violence and intrusion. Above the Water, Yucatan presents a clash of colors and forms that truly forces the audience to observe beauty among great chaos.