do you recognise yourself when you look at these paintings? yes, because this is all of us.

Phosphorescence shows a series of paintings that focus on the isolation of the individual in our society. The series reflects situations of absolute intimacy where the subject is totally isolated from all surroundings and is immersed in the light emitted by certain electronic devices. Light takes on a spiritual connotation. If someone unaware of the meaning of the screen itself were to observe the scenes that make up Phosphorescence, they would think something magical or mystical was happening. Silence, stillness, calm. The invasion of the intimate space. The characters appear from the shadows and are immersed in this light that traps them. The subtlety of the darkness makes their faces appear blurred, and lose their identity, in a metaphor for depersonalisation. “A phosphorescent jewel gives off its glow and colour in the dark and loses its beauty in the light of day. Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.” (Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows)

by Spanish artist Estefanía Urrutia.

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