'Chiribiquete' series. Mineral charcoal, gold acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 170 cm.
Jeison Sierra
Zaragoza, Antioquia, Colombia. 1980.

"My work is the result of concerns that wander through the landscape and that aim to generate dialogues with the viewer from a subjective vision. Drawing, painting and sculpture are a fundamental part of my creative process and my individual searches.

The personal experience of having left my town has become the starting point and the trigger for this process in which Zaragoza is the contextual reference. My exodus constitutes the turning point in my life experience where the emotional burden of uprooting and loneliness in a context different from mine become triggers of meaning. Absence is manifested with all its symbolic weight in these desolate landscapes."

From the discursive universe of art, the landscape is conceived with a set of subjective representations of the territory, to which an aesthetic-phenomenological character is attributed because it is the relationship of a subject with a represented or real territory.

This is what it means for Jeison Sierra to conceive the landscape as the primordial identity element that fuels his plastic creation. The artist, originally from Zaragoza, Antioquia, describes from distant views images that, in an abstract way, are associated with the landscapes of his childhood, the history of his family, and his return home. This is the autobiographical baggage to which his work alludes, which is an open metaphor referring to the idea of a symbolic return to Eden.

Zaragoza today seems to be a remote place; However, it was a central settlement in alluvial gold production in the first mining cycle of Antioquia in colonial times. At that time, the activity required large concentrations of indigenous slaves, which is why mining was and is an element of population expansion and the creation of new centers of economic activity. It is said that the kings of Spain had a gold pineapple made with the casting of 80 Castilians, to send to the population in gratitude for the copious lots of the precious mineral that came from there. From its origin, its exploitation was surrounded by secrets, conflicts, and cycles of expansion-contraction that generated high levels of violence.

Jeison Sierra's painting is inserted in the Antioquian tradition of the mythical, foundational landscape, in which emblematic figures such as Francisco Antonio Cano and Pedro Nel Gómez preceded him. The fact is notable, given that since the middle of the last century the trend towards cosmopolitan urban art relegated the genre of landscape painting to past historical trends.



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