The Domino Series is a series of 70 + paintings made gouache on handmade gouache on handmade Indian paper.
I started working on the “Domino Series” about fifteen years ago. This is an ongoing project that I carry out in parallel with other projects.
The series stems from two different interests of mine, namely Geometry, and Ornamentation, which is not an uncommon crossroad.
Since 1993, based on Sacred Geometry, I have used as a point of departure the single geometric matrix called the “Vesica Piscis” or The Vessel of the Fish, which could be described as the overlapping of two circles, creating an almond shape in between the Mandorla.
Acting like a seed, this single module helps me generate a lattice based on the circle, allowing me to create the most varied patterns in my paintings. It is important to notice that my lattice is based on the circle, not the square, as most Modernist artists have used.
On the other hand, my dual cultural background, Mexican and French, has always made me acutely aware of how rich cultural identities are built upon many cultural layers of different origins.
I have always been fascinated by the traces of cultural memories left on the walls of cities, of specific architectural buildings, in archeological frescoes, and other mural paintings.
The “Domino Series” intends to reflect this architectural and cultural palimpsest, where inscriptions and forms on the walls fade away and are covered with a new layer of fresh new colors.
However, only one thing remains the same: the long-lasting human impulse to use color, and patterns that weave themselves in a textile, a cultural fabric where women especially have been hard at work with embroidery, itself a perfect embodiment of ornamentation.