Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Marika Constantino's mural at Roma Arts - artist statement

Balancing Paradoxes and Paradigms

Paradox – impossibility, enigma, puzzle, contradiction, irony
Paradigm – example, model, patter, archetype, standard

The concept of this work is based on the abovementioned definitions.  As we go through our own paths we must somehow find a sense of equilibrium in managing the supposed unattainable and the norm.  It also takes into consideration two perspectives.  From the eyes of the child, everything is play.  With imagination, things are doable, viable and fun.  As the owners of the street, I wanted them to see themselves in the mural.  Having the kids participate in the creative process will hopefully give them ownership of the final output.

On the other hand, adults tend to forget these child-like moments of exuberance and excitement.  We must not.  Let us reflect on the times when we ourselves felt much enthusiasm and looked forward to the possibilities that the next day had to offer (as the kids showed me while I was working).

The mural also intends to symbolize the many directions and options we can, should and do take.  At the end of the day, it is a matter of choice.  On the off chance that it ends up not to our liking, there are other avenues.  Like children who have resilience and adaptability… we learn, we adjust and we move on.

Marika Constantino
Roma Arts, Bandung, Indonesia
July 2012

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