68 % of biodiversity lost in the last 5 decades on the planet!
When I first saw this news, I thought there must be something wrong, some sort of error, so I started to research
…. And what I found out is mainly worrying. For many species, there are less than 100 individuals in the entire world, and many others are already extinct in the wild!
Humankind with its natural evolution is making incredible and fascinating things!
But it seems to be at a very high cost for the planet.
This series is a way of engaging with the complex side of our current Anthropocene era, and presents the work that biologists and specialists are doing monitoring nature around the world.
This “scientific data” is showing an immense part of global biodiversity beneath the vulnerable category of threatened species.
The “Guardia Keepers” is the creation of a human figure caring for each one of the endangered species. A way where art and inspiration can convert raw scientific data into a visual universal language that needs no translation.
The actions we make are no longer just a personal issue, a local matter, a regional topic, a national business... they turn out to be a “global impact result”. And this is our responsibility for the future!
– Valeria Feliú, 2021
HOAMGE OF MUSES AND INSPIRATION
In ancient Greece, the muses were said to appear suddenly before an artist or poet, bringing with them the illuminated truth of a new creation. They were responsible for giving artists the gift of inspiration.
This inspiration, once thought to be something external, is now confirmed by neuroscience to lie within us.
Inspiration is more than a physical and mental force; it is an emotional and spiritual force; it is a moment of direct connection between the soul and existence itself.
That moment when creation is born within, it surpasses mental barriers to go beyond the physical plane and the real world, propelling us to achieve things we would otherwise consider impossible.
Instead of waiting for the muses to come bringing inspiration, I choose to create muses whose function is to elevate the perception of our gaze and motivate actions that surpass limitations.
I decided to create this current and diverse muses that are not a privilege for artists only, but are for everyone in general, muses that inspire inner and social transformation. Because, although there’s always this longing for a better society, there is no other possible path than that one of an inner transformation first.
– Valeria Feliú, 2019
Salta's Cultural House, BsAs, Argentina
PORTRAITS OF A NONSPECIFIC TIME IN HISTORY
Patterns are the silent spoken language of civilization.
They talk about ideas, interpretation and messages of different populations in places and time.
They originated naturally with the first settlers and the changing color fivers of woven textiles. They imitate animal plumage and furs. They warn about danger and distinguish categories, they encourage happiness and bring calm.
Patterns represent and symbolize all those things that humans talk about. They distinguish cultures and ancestry, membership and belonging, desires, fantasies and rebelliousness. They identify as broad as an entire nation and at the same time they characterize as unique as one sole person.
Patterns migrate, evolve and change as well as human life, as well as civilization.
Patterns are found in nature, taking the opposite form of chaos. They are unnoted everywhere; they are an inherent part of selfsame creation.
– Valeria Feliú, 2018
Contemporary Art Museum. Salta, Argentina
PORTRAITS OF A THOUGHT
"We are emotions and we are feelings"
everything else are circumstances, decisions and memories
as well as painters use colors to create the artwork, people use thoughts to create reality.
Those internal thoughts, are external elements with a reconditioning capacity to be observed, evaluated and transformed, something that cannot be done with any other organ of the human body… but many times that ability seems to be forgotten.
The importance of thoughts is they assign our reality.
Change your thoughts and you will change reality, and at the same time, don’t believe everything they tell you.
– Valeria Feliú, 2018
Cultural House, Salta, Argentina