Spring is when life is alive in everything." - Christina Rosetti
Recently, I have focused on giving my soul a little TLC. My mission this Spring has been to deeply connect my mind, body, and soul in order to reach my highest potential each and everyday. With the mix of prayer, inner meditation, writing, and endless soul searching I have been able to overcome personal obstacle, accept the past hardships, and move towards my goals. I realized that once I tune into my core and come to peace with myself, I am more open to life and my relationships.
To accompany this transit into a higher state of being, I have been working on the piece Wall Art. This piece is the new Latin for Glory image that you will see everywhere. It is a reflection of who I am as a person, what visually inspires me, and where I want to go in life. The bull skull, as seen in my most iconic pieces, is a symbol of taurus- latin for bull and my zodiac sign. It is a representation of perseverance, passion, luxury, and the connection to Earth. The bull wears a headdress constructed of black onyx beads, woven braids, and decadent tassels. Onyx helps achieve alignment, endurance, power, and stability. This headdress is my armor through my journey of life. It is a protection against illusions, obscurity, and ill intentions. Four shoes- designed by me, sit at the head. Each shoe is designed in a unique style, bringing playfulness and pizzaz to this journey! Electric, jewel tones reflect light and add some sparkle, while bringing in another layer of detail. As the saying goes, the higher the heel, the closer to heaven...right? A simple white marble backdrop ties in my passion for contemporary design meanwhile creating a bright canvas for my ideas to run free.
Below is a snippet of the creation of Wall Art, showing the small scale of each detail that makes this final piece come to life. I have also included the process shots as seen on my instagram account @latinforglory.
One of the best parts about creating custom artwork for clients is witnessing their reaction at the moment they receive the piece. Although I could not be present in Desiigner's New York studio, my dear friend captured the moment in which the packaged Panda was greeted with a..."DAMN!" The hip hop artist was astonished and failed to believe the original 19" x 24" framed drawing was made with color pencils on paper. I truly appreciate his admiration and look forward to working on more art in the future.
Here is the video as posted on @lifeofdesiigner's Instagram story.
Want to learn more about the making and background story of the Panda art piece? Check out my recent post.
I recently had the pleasure to collaborate with leading Miami firm, KIS Interior Design, to recreate one of my bull pieces, Piña Colada. Glowing in the dining area, the piece brings a tropical allure that relates to living on the Florida coast. It was produced on an illuminating plexiglass for a contemporary aesthetic that brought more light into the space. It perfectly ties into the overall design of the apartment, where you can view more images on KIS Interior Design's Houzz profile.
Oceana Key Biscayne
Photography by Barry Grossman
I had the pleasure of creating a commission piece for the artist of one of the biggest break-through hits, Panda. This piece allowed me to fuse together my love for animals, music, marble, and art.
I aimed to create a piece that interprets the song with a mix of "old" and "new". The panda head derives from the single's album cover, but instead of a gold chain hanging around its neck, there is a crown of smoke representing the late, Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic image. This crown is a symbol of rap, success, and urban culture. The word Lexington appears within the smoke and ties in the street where Desiigner grew up. A back drop of white marble creates a refreshing and modern aesthetic that also links to some of my own work. By incorporating the past and the future we evolve into the present.
Click through the carousel of images to see the process.