Climate change is real and is happening right now. Concepts such as pollution, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity or global warming have become common in our daily lives, while we don’t even seem to realize their ramifications. We are suffering their consequences now, and in the not too distant future, they will become much more noticeable. It seems that part of Humanity, preoccupied and submerged in our daily lives view climate change as a distant or foreign problem. They do not realize that if we destroy our environment, we destroy ourselves.
In order to become aware of the existing problem, it is necessary to generate a radical change in our actions and practices so that we can produce immediate changes. Studies tell us that we have a mere 10 to 15 years to make a big change. After that the damage will be irreparable.
In this scenario of socio-environmental conflicts, the former translates into a series of negative effects and impacts on Nature itself and all the beings that inhabit her: the oceans, the animals, the flora on which we depend, the indigenous and rural communities in their ancestral territories … It is a brutal, violent and very damaging violation of derechos medioambientales que son derechos humanos fundamentales.
We hear the voices of many great personalities and international associations speaking to us, sharing figures and quantifiable concrete data of what is happening with the planet. It is important to highlight the voice of indigenous people, the true guardians and protectors of Nature, fighting against mining and illegal logging, suffering repression through the murder of community leaders. These people cry out for the defense of the environment and demand immediate action, because so far the measures taken are insufficient or almost non-existent. Apart from conscience, there are no environmental laws and international legal frameworks that effectively protect our planet and the beings that live here.
Criticism of the structures of the monocultural nation-states and of neoliberal capitalism, largely led by indigenous movements and other popular forces, are a manifestation of social discontent and a challenge not only to the social, economic and environmental effects of the neoliberal model but also the political system as a whole. It is clear this isn’t working and a paradigm shift is urgent. It’s now or never.
Acutely aware of this very serious problem, which concerns and affects everyone, and from an ethical obligation as an artist to join a call for life on Earth, Sixe Paredes, created these artworks for the present exhibition. In addition, his work has always been intimately linked to Nature and to ancestral and indigenous cultures that advocate respectful ways of life with the beings that surround them, guarding a harmonious balance, maintaining the sacred circle that is our mother Earth, generator of all the life forms that exist on our planet.
To draw parallels with the great magnitude that this problem should occupy in our minds, the artist works with large-format paintings, to point out and highlight this idea. Also, in a manner different to his previous works, he uses monochromatic painting. His paintings have been known for years for their bright and varied color palette, but for this exhibition he wanted to work with a smaller palette, giving value to the monochrome colors that represent the most damaged elements in this problem. In the words of the artist, “These two colors, green and blue, in my worldview represent: heaven and earth, nature and the universe, awareness and respect.”
This circumscription to shades of greens and blues for the present show was a challenge. Changing his previous artistic experience, it focuses all of the energy that emerges from these specific colors towards the call for awareness and participation in the reaction to the terrible problem of climate change, those responsible and its consequences.
Paintings that generate a multitude of shapes, geometries and lines, joining in infinite layers that merge into a sacred unfathomable cosmic circle. As if they were about the depth of Nature, as a great being full of life, just like the depth of the seas or oceans, places where life was created and developed over millions of years. “Both the Oceans and Nature are two macrocosms that house countless micro-worlds, and in them there is a cosmic harmony that unites them in their duality.”
Works that are presented next to a video art projection, make use of a transparent screen in front of some of the paintings. Here the artist plays with the paintings themselves generating images on multiple planes, combining real images related to the environmental problem we suffer, reflecting on the idea of the importance of the protection of Nature, our seas and oceans. “The transformation of the elements, like a state of vibration of the forms, or an altered state of consciousness will be treated, the painting transmutes into another dimension, finding movement within itself.”
Sixe Paredes, joins with his work as an artist to make an appeal. We have to work collectively and stop postponing. We need to support the people and associations that are working hard so that the interests of large pollutants and multinationals do not prevail, people who risk their lives because of the prevalence of life on the planet and the planet itself. This sample, without a doubt, is how Sixe Paredes himself expresses “a plea and at the same time a pictorial cry to call for more awareness of a problem that concerns us all, a way to contribute with my work, a moment of reflection about it”.
The exhibition consists of four large-format paintings, two pieces of 195x195cm, and two diptychs of 500x195cm and 450x195cm. Including two video installations, projected on a transparent screen.