Duende is an umbrella term for pixies, goblings and/or fairies in Puerto Rico. “¡Malditos duendes!” cursed an old man when things in his house disappeared out of the blue. Mischievous kids were referred to as duendes, tells my grandmother. If you got lost in the forest, duendes were to blame for luring you out of the path. There was a ludic and mysterious quality to these trickster creatures.
Dug up these from my artwork vault to showcase them on the blog. Some of these appear on the internet for the first time, today!).
I took these back in 2008, inspired by film noir and voyeurism. Thinking of self portraiture as a method for transformation and story telling. Concealed between reflections, glass, smoke or a figure; What you think you know can be misunderstood.