Flaming Spirits is a title that may translate differently from culture to culture -from person to person.  From my syncretic background between Spanish Catholicism, Haitian voodoo, and non-western philosophies like yoga, I parallel the word spirit with the word soul, the word presence, and the word energy. The word flaming, I parallel to the word fire, heat, or warmth. Other ways to think about this title could be, for instance, Warming Presence or Souls of Fire. To me, we are within the time in which we are again being pulled to a language founded in poetry, to a language that should be interpreted and doesn´t need to be consumed. More than our understanding, it requires our most intimate participation. We are being called to modes of perception in which imagination takes a seat in the front row. In this sense, imagination is ignited by the element of fire, whose importance relies on its capacity to transform, to change matter, to heat the environment, and affect the circumstances with persistent quality. My drawings and my documented actions under the title Flaming Spirits are an homage to all the warming presences that in these times have served us as inspiration to change our ways of perception, and to humble our humanness by murmuring into our souls how to travel to our interior, where we can be transformed and eventually, extend this transformation outside ourselves. 

 

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