"don't think too much"
spray paint over original pages from "La Illustracion Artistica" c. 1887 - Barcelona
To be taken lightly, this series consists of crude smiley faces spray painted over images of paintings from the 19th century.
The titles are the same or abbreviated versions of the originals and work in tandem with how the smiley face interact with the image.
Using white washes certain details land under spotlight, clouding but not obscuring the background elements. The smiley faces demand attention at first, allowing the details of the image underneath to arrive later - forcing a connection in between smile and image.
When the dots cover faces I remove the humanity from them - their existence only related to their surroundings. In "un sitio vacio" (the empty site) the mother and father are only present for their children, and in "pinturas decorativas" (decorative paintings) the female figure exists to be decoration for those gazing on it.
The series began with "un matrimonio de conveniencia" (a marriage of convenience). The dots in this case only partly obscure the faces. The glimpse of their faces underneath the feathery dots allows room for hope they may find their individuality - although the unconcerned attitude of the man suggests that he is content with what is in front of him. The smiley face - content but not overjoyed - mirrors the masks worn by those that find themselves in "relationships of convenience".