STATEMENT

The female form is one of the earliest sources of artistic inspiration. I use the female form to explore our relationship with nature and to delve into the essence of our species; our endurance, our identity, our drive. My art is driven by a need to capture both the sensuality and the strength inherent in women. Over the course of my artistic trajectory I have explored this theme through stylized vessel forms and fertility effigies. These pieces explore our elemental roots and our reverence for life and nature, dating back to a time when we connected our immediate survival with our ability to live on in the next generation. Additionally there is a sensual undertone to my figures which explores the nature of how desire and attraction can evolve towards mutual reverence or devolve towards subversion and inequality. I do this by imparting my figures with both carnal and psychological elements that offer a balance between sensuality and power. Most recently my focus has turned towards an examination of our future as a species. My current sculptures, paintings, and poetry are part of a series titled The Children of Light, Water, and Clay which explores the likelihood that climate changes may eventually render the cost of civilization unsustainable and bring us full circle.

The Children of Light, Water, and Clay

by Roneld Lores

 

Everyday,

the sun that once fed the forest

dries and crackles the clay

and the rains that once quenched its thirst

wash the crumbs away.

 

The flesh and bones of the perished

slowly decay into dust

and ruined expanses of cities

gradually crumble and rust.

 

The dust of all that we were

turns back to blood in the streams

as our fragile memorials to greed

get swept away with our dreams.

 

The scars that we left on the land

are washed anew by the slurry

as the remnants of the wronged

swallow the sins of the buried.

 

We who remain cling to rocks

slowly forgetting our past.

Forgetting what we have lost.

The echoes of songs do not last.

 

This is what it will take,

for we who forgot our way,

to return to who we are,

the children of light, water, and clay.

Here are some interesting reads on our global impact:

 

"Ice Memory"

Elizabeth Kolbert

Essay on the history of global climate over the last 100K years and the conditions that allowed us to flourish into a civilization. The take-away is that our ability to thrive coincides with an unusually stable period in Earth's climate history. We did not conquer nature, nature nurtured us.

"Human-made materials now outweigh Earth's entire biomass – study"

Sandra Laville

At the beginning of the 20th century the weight of human made materials was 3% of the Earth's total biomass, the weight of human-made materials now exceeds the global biomass. We now create the equivalent of our global population's body-weight weekly.

© 2019 by Roneld Lores