Miguel Del Rey
My work celebrates the human condition by depicting the body and its ability to communicate emotions.
While the human figure is one of the most complex forms, it offers one of the most effective approaches to communicate ideas and emotions. Human communication takes place through verbal and body languages. Verbal communication is ideo-symbolic, in the sense that ideas are refined, organized and named, and turned into symbols such as words. In contrast, body language is a much more primal and direct form of communication. By depicting the human nude, I am communicating through body language alone. I am interested in presenting the human figure in such a way that there is a perfect balance between realism and abstraction.
When I depict the nude figure as my subject, I strip it of such elements as identity, time and place in order to focus the viewer's attention on what it is to be human. My work also uses abstraction in order to convey emotions. This mixture of realism and abstraction, the interplay of what is depicted versus what is removed or simplified, creates an interesting dialogue and evokes feelings that are deeply rooted in all of us.
As an artist, I keep a very close, intimate relationship with my process, and in that sense the process goes beyond the physical manipulation of material. I try to be aware of my state of mind during the creative process, letting my emotions and intuition lead the way of my sculpting. Confidence is a huge factor in my process. When confidence is induced in the sculpture, the form flows in space in a similar way that a paint brush flows on a canvas. Even the less-refined parts have to show this confidence in their abstraction in order to feel intentional.
The process of creating these sculptures is an experience that feels like meditation, and is very intimate; spiritual.