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A visit to Alejandra Caballero studio
How would you define your work?
We could say it is poetic and narrative. I generally paint intimate scenes, everyday moments that imply a certain transcendence in the life of a character, usually a woman. I try to give all the painting’s elements a meaning, so that they contribute something to the germinal idea. To me, “exits”, i.e. doors and windows that connect the interior and the exterior, are important. On the other hand, the Mediterranean Sea is also a recurrent element in my paintings, where it can mean peace of mind.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
I usually see something I like, for instance, my nephew having dinner at my mom’s kitchen, and I paint it. Maybe I don’t paint it precisely, as some aspects of reality have to be changed so that the painting works, but it is generally that simple. In other occasions, though, the process is longer. I remember something, or I see a scene that moves me in real life or in a movie, and I start thinking about it. I leave the idea on standby until I find the scenery or the person that can fit in and hence I build the rest.
How has your work evolved throughout the years?
Painting has never been easy. The changes I incorporated in my work are subtle. It is maybe easy to see that in my beginnings I drew the topics I painted from my nearest environment, whilst in later years I have incorporated imagined people and places. I went through different phases in which I focused respectively on childhood, traveling, bars… Lately, I am interested in interpersonal relations, so my paintings usually show or suggest more than one human figure.