Jorge Cáceres Deep in My Heart
January 27 - March 3
Opening reception: Sat. January 27 5-7:00 pm Meet the Artist: Wed. February 14 6-7:30 pm
Jorge Cáceres was born in Lima Peru. His multi-cultural background gives him the unique ability to convey his creativity through painting. A self-taught artist, he expresses himself by combining abstract pieces of different colors and shapes.
"My art represents a journey of emotions. It begins with the moment I combine the colors and the shapes on the canvas and the final result is the understanding between the two."
ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always been inspired and moved by the culture and the people of Peru. I have lived in Washington for nearly two decades, but in my heart, it still feels like I haven't left my country. These paintings represent the inspiration I found growing up in Peru – a place of beautiful landscapes and rich history, with endless lines and organic shapes found in its art, architecture and textiles. I remember studying the Nazca Lines along the coast - large images carved into the ground that extend up to 1.200 feet long. As a young student, the lines seemed endless. They were in my mind and my hands when I began to draw on paper and paint on canvas. My travels to Machu Picchu, an ancient city in the Andes Mountains, were a major source of inspiration.
I remember seeing the large stones fitting perfectly together to create geometric lines. There was a sense of balance and peace when I looked at them. The stones created such a beautiful contrast to the organic shapes of the land. As an artist, I feel like I carry the same image every time I paint.
Most of the colors I used in this series are influenced by those that I found in Pre-Columbian pottery and ceramics - brown earth tones, reds, as well as black and ivory, creating a beautiful contrast. Colors have always been a fascination of my life, because I love the sensation of feeling every color. Each transmits different emotions and experiences.
The creative process behind these paintings was a new discovery for me as an artist. I found myself not only inspired by the organic shapes that come from nature, but also from the lines and forms of the human body. There was a lot of interaction involved in creating these pieces. Sometimes I would rotate the canvas, looking for a different view or perspective. There were times when I would stare at the painting for hours, trying to understand the emotions that came with it. There were moments of peace and intimacy as well as moments that created a sense of spirituality.
Also on view - outdoor sculptures placed in the Watergate Plaza and mezzanine level