New Moon Artist: Lorena Alvarez

This is the last week that New Moon 2012: Interpretations of the Chinese Zodiac will be on exhibit at mph, so we wanted to continue to highlight the artists that have work in the show. Today, we spoke to Lorena Alvarez, who has a beautiful, delicate and ethereal piece in the show entitled “The Visitors”.

“The Visitors”

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?
I chose the dog for my piece. Dogs are just amazing animals, they evolve with us and they have developed this incredible sixth sense; they can read us. For me, dogs prove our deep connection with nature, that it is possible to communicate with other living things and that we are all together, growing and changing constantly.

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.
My piece represents the dog as a warm and protective presence. I was attracted by the idea of a “primordial dog”  a link between the wolf and the dog we know in the present. So I looked for features that a primitive dog would have in books and movies, then I drew many sketches, combining characteristics of certain breeds. I also found some photographs of shelter dogs, their deep and sad eyes were a sign of their need for love and company, but also a sign of intelligence and compassion. I also consider this piece as a representation of a journey. In a deeper way it shows my own adaptation process to a new place with all the things that it implies. This is a transition piece.

What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?
My zodiac sign is the dog. I read again about this sign when I started the piece and I can find myself in some of its characteristics. I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m an active person, I’m also loyal and close to my family.

Thanks, Lorena! And remember to check out Lorena and the other artists’ pieces in New Moon 2012 until February 19th at the gallery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.