"Encuentro" is the second part of "Encounter", a documentative series that explores the multicultural elements that add complexity to the relationship between my husband and I. The two diptychs mark a rupture in our love affair as a result of a strenuous immigration process that brought the relationship to a braking point. Having to navigate the marital and immigration system as a gay couple shifted our overview on the importance of the union, from an emotional reasoning to a systematic one. Nevertheless we found the broken pieces to put back together and start fresh, not without acknowledging the struggle.
On both diptychs I explore how the difference between our cultural upbringings and family values shape and bend our union in positive and negative ways. On the black and white paintings, "Para Seguir Hay que Sufrir (To Continue We Must Suffer)," I explore the relationship inwards. How the miscommunication between the two highlighted our cultural differences, slowly drifting us apart. For the "Encuentro" Diptych, or fire and water duo as I like to call them, I look outwards and use elements pertinent to socio-cultural and political issues, as well as geographical location in relevance to each of us. Technically, on all four pieces I explore different principles, like texture, placement, composition and color to inform my idea of complexity and detachment, but also reconciliation and resilience.