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Like lambs among hippopotamus, 2014

Combatant children

After living and working in Colombia for a year, this series is born. It is an emotional look at the children who were a part of the armed conflict, seen from my point of view as an outsider, a foreign artist. I base myself on real interviews* given by children formerly part of these fighter groups. My aim is to try and portray the complex dynamic relationship between innocence and violence.

This series of drawings is an attempt at expressing what could have been going on inside these fighter children. The innate innocence and unformed view of children, thrown into a brutalising context, is changed and distorted by the hammering blows of a situation created by the conflicts of others.

This work wants to express the idea that these minors fall victim to their own innocence, in the sense that it is this condition that their aggressors take advantage of, in order to use them as tools for committing inhuman acts.

Figurative and abstract

The drawings combine abstract expression with representational figures. The medium is pencil, watercolour and Indian ink. There are fusions and flowing transitions between firmly delineated pencil drawings of characters and environments, and stains and spills of colour made with watercolours and ink. The idea is to express the meeting point of consensual, outer reality with the inner worlds of characters and observers.

Hippopotami

In the year 1981 a group of 3 to 9 hippopotami was taken out of their natural habitat and brought to Colombia by Pablo Escobar. Currently, more than 50 hippopotami roam the rivera of the Magdalena river and often threaten the safety of the nearby population.

Just like the combatant children, these hippopotami were torn from their proper places and transplanted to a world not their own, where they found themselves forced to bring out their more aggressive and violent side in order to survive.

* The titles of these works have all been taken from interviews given by girls and boys formerly belonging to illegal armed groups. These interviews are contained in the following book, published by the Centre for History and Memory: As Lambs Among Wolves. About The Use of Children and Teenagers in the Armed Conflict and Criminality in Colombia, by Dr. Natalia Springer, 2012 (with the support of the United Nations for the Protection and Promotion of the Right to Free Speech)



“I didn´t want to go it figures, but who was going to say no to those men." / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper/ 9 x 12 in



“There’s nothing else to be done over there” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 9 x 12 in



“He would tie me up, he would strike me. During the day it was good because I had the benefits, but, then the night would come and I would start shaking.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 9 x 12 in



“Anyone who was caught wanting to leave, they would be shooting him full of bullets” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 9 in



“I see dead people” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 9 in



“They went and killed my Dad” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 9 in



“Sometimes I feel I am going mad” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 5 in



“The first weapon they give you, it is a piece of a dead person. So you start getting used to the smell of them.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in



“ At eight years old it was that I joined. They came to our house and they took me with them.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in



“I cannot deal without a gun now, anymore.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in



“Stupid one like me, what else can I be good for?” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in



“As a poor person, one isn’t anything to anybody.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in



“They had me carry the dead, in order to make me lose my fear” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 9 x 7 in



“They came and they told us; You are either with us, or against us.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 5 in



“We were very poor and well, one despairs” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 5 x 7 in



“They kicked it out of me, kicking me with their feet. None of us women was allowed to be pregnant” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 12 x 16 in



“The worst was when it was a time to make some people disappear. There were a lot of them so it was just: cut, and into the hole.”/ watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 12 x 16 in



“Everything smelled like death” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 9 in



“I did not have a mother, so there was no one to look after me” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 7 x 9 in



“They would hit me very hard. But it was because I cried a lot, and you are no good as a fighter if you cry.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper/ 9 x 12 in



“There are no schools or anything around there.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 12 x 9 in



“So then a clean up was done.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 12 x 16 in



“The first thing they gave me was the head of a dead man, and I had to carry it around with me until it rotted away.” / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 4 x 6 in

Lo que Compartimos y Lo que No, 2014

This series of 20 drawings is divided into 2 sets, each one of 10.
The work intends to highlight the simultaneity of the spheres of reality of our urban world and to explore the relationship between private emotions and public spaces in order to find the extraordinary in the mundane, and at the same time the ordinary in the fantastic.


Berliners / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm


Ukuku Gringo / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Thoughts / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



My little Monster / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Batgirl / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Am Kotti 01 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 40 cm



Am Kotti 03 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 17 x 24 cm



Am Kotti 02 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 40 cm



Am Kotti 01 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 17 x 24 cm



Policía / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Ballast / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Batboy / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Tropical / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm



Dreck / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30,5 x 45,5 cm