Flora Ramirez-Bustamante

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a Spanish born artist. I emigrated to the Seattle area in 2001. I am a self-taught artist. My father was a lifetime painter interested in exploring new mediums and materials.

My works are metaphors of nostalgia for the life that I left behind, and conversations with those that are in the distant present. My interest in linguistics, poetry and materials occupies a big part of my artwork as well. I am interested in exploring the materiality of these metaphors utilizing any material that is at my hand.

I have a vivid interest in the beauty of natural irregularity and the unintended and non-polarized asymmetric principles. In my work, deformation is the natural result of nonchalance. 

For many years I explored expressionism in figure, rendering portraits of family and friends. My method of working is thus expressionistic and materials oriented in that I don’t limit the field of my actions. During my studio practice, I embrace imperfection, accidents and the inspiration that this energy transpires.

As a consequence of my metaphoric work the process of de-construction is important to me: objects, writing, materials or human bodies acquire a new form, a new presence, that competes with the old form. Gestures are always important.  Raw depictions are in the root of my abstraction process. 

How to combine opposites and how to challenge the equilibrium of so many ideas coming at the same time are in the root of my inspiration. Ambiguity. Lack of meaning. At the end all makes sense.

Flora Ramirez-Bustamante Collage Repurposed oil painted canvas, paper, fiberglass sheet and staples 6×6 inches 2018