... defiance not as a negative trait, but as a focused intention to overcome great obstacles and adversity.”
“It affects my imagery and symbols, but in an indirect way. Many of my ideas do not come to mind through active thinking. They arrive in a flash or when I am in a state halfway between being awake and sleep. When this happens, I immediately make a very rough sketch of it so I don’t lose its essence. I then later on refine those ideas,” Benavides explained. “I have noticed that my art tends to be symmetrical most of the time. I don’t know if it is because my bone condition causes asymmetrical bone deformities and my artwork’s arrangement expresses an unconscious desire to have a normal skeleton. There are also things that I portray that directly deal with what I am experiencing at the moment, but do not realize I did so until much later, usually when someone else points it out.”
See more work by Abiu Daniel Benavides at www.theartof thetiger.com
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