The environment where I grew up in South Miami, Florida left an impact on me as a child, surrounded by towering philodendrons, birds of paradise, banana plants, and luscious overgrowth.
As I grew older and eventually moved to the midwest, my memories of the environment became graphic in the way that images become graphic. Tropical foliage that I once clearly remembered began to lose facets of detail and simplify to a language of simple outlines.
Eventually my memories of home became an abstract sensation rather than a concrete image–tropicalia.
Tropic V 10mm neon, steel | 60" x 60" x 84" | 2017
Tropic VI Digital print| 6.5" x 11" | 2017
Tropic IV (hojas) Cut paper| 90" x 160" | 2017
Tropic II (transplant) 8mm neon | 40" x 40" | 2017