I've been working off and on for the past 6 months on a series of black and white portraits. The canvas's are of 9 women from Miami that have been in my life in a direct or indirect way. I based it on the Nine Greek Muses. I am going into each portrait on the varied inspirations of the mythology of the goddesses/daughters of Zeus and exploring how each person relates to one of the nine and I'm applying it to my own existence.
The works themselves have been figurative abstractions and I am concerned with line, form and embedded space and memory. The goddesses in the mythology had to use their memory to recite poetry because books according to the myths didn’t exist. In historical terms "portrait paintings" for the most part have been done from life. Remembrance was something I wanted to do by gestural association. I moved away from Miami 5 months ago and I nearly started the portraits when I left. I am painting each personality based from memory and composing the canvas in visual verses of how each goddess/female made me feel whether intellectually, in social terms, friendship or sexually. The muses are memory intensified. I feel that I have been able to commune this more then ever, the sheer deficiency and applying some road map of gloominess to light by emotion and memory. - Kiki Valdes