Painting: “Look, this is not a selfie" 2014 (100 x 100cm, acrylic on canvas).
The painting “Look, this is not a selfie” is the portrait of Monserrat Estopier.
(But why this title?)… well, in a world where the selfie is the most popular word (tell me, who hasn’t taken a selfie???) it’s also interesting to know how other people “see” us, reason why I painted Monserrat.
(So…) Through the artist’s eyes, it can be seen a beautiful, hard-working and mysterious woman who knows what she wants in life, someone who’s willing to pursue her dreams and happiness as well… (Can you tell me what you see?)…
(And what about the leaves, do they mean anything?)… mmm, of course! they mean that she’s now living in an exuberant and exotic place (those who live here in the south of Mexico know what I mean) where all kinds of exuberant and exotic plants grow everywhere… Also, if you look carefully you will notice the white leave stem keeping her attached to the ground, representing that in life it’s important to know that you can follow and reach every single dream, but at the same time it’s important to remain humble and true to yourself…
Now, imagine that you are seen through someone else’s eyes, and this person results to be an artist… (can you imagine the result?, how would you like to be seen as?)…
Can we make a new tendency for this?… Maybe, let's see what the future holds…
(And now, about the photo shooting)… This is what I can interpret from Monserrat's photos and expressions…
Because remember, this is not a selfie!
“I hope this photo shooting is over so I can relax!”
Photo by MEVM: “Come on!“, 2014
“Mmm, I think I have better hair waves than me in the painting”
(For sure Monse, this is totally true!)…
Photo by MEVM: “Me & the other Me“, 2014
It’s fun trying to interpret what Monserrat’s thinking of, although it’s not an easy task!
Photo by MEVM: “Feeling art“, 2014
“Yeah, I’m happy now… posing isn’t as easy as it looks but I did a great job!”
NOTE: You are witnessing the birth of a project… would you like to be part of it?
"See" you soon!
Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña
Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño
Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)