Luis Esquer

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

Solitude provides a time for meditation and self-exploration; however, as social creatures, we inevitably will experience loneliness. In my experience, my solitude has provided self-awareness but has also created vulnerability to depression and detachment from my surroundings. In many ways, I felt possessed by darkness. Through my pieces, I explore the beauty in both the dark and light versions of my reality to ask myself: is this darkness my enemy or an extension of myself?

My concentration is divided into pairs: my physical reality (in warm colors) vs altered reality (in cool colors). I used cool and warm colors to create natural opposition. By the end, I decided to experiment with adding cool components in the warm-colored pieces and warm components in the cool colored pieces in Piece #9 and Piece #10. This ultimately weaves together both forces to express harmony and balance between my dark and light sides. I also experimented with adding more humanistic and animalistic features to highlight my own lack of self-identity. I originally began my concentration with Piece #3 but ultimately placed Piece #1 where it is to symbolize Pandora’s box in opening my own mind to chaos.