Scherezade García and Iliana Emilia García. Angeles Caídos [Fallen Angels]. (Santo Domingo: Museo de Arte Moderno, 1995).
This was one of those projects that was thrown around for a period of time and took on many different forms of representation. Maybe it was due to the complexity of the subject matter, its profoundness, mysticism, and its heavenly implications. It remained within the immediate scope of my creative mind although I had to overcome the sad but humane consequences of a fallen angel.
The assignment became the reason to justify a mystical curiosity and an opportunity to put an end to these curiosities. Scherezade has always identified closely with paper and is partisan to its characteristics, qualities, and possibilities. Her partialness has more to do with her love of drawing but in this case it was threatened when the angels decided to fall and break into two or three mediums.
The angels began to fall in the autumn of 1995; they appeared on canvas, not paper, and a palette with more October hues than tropical and more of a forest than ocean feeling. The canvases covered the walls at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo transforming them into replicas of the sixteenth chapel, emphasizing the importance, the novelty, and seriousness of this topic that Scherezade playfully held in her hands wrapped in a covering of sophisticated colors.
This production required a new document-one of fabric not paper. The tales were born, although playful with much more seriousness of purpose. They became floating documents where the medium of drawing became a relief for the profound subject matter and the angels became entities that offered the artist wings to fly, ringlets to laugh with, and their mysticism and romanticism to share with Scherezade's treasure chest of anecdotes. The colors were new and sophisticated-autumn without summer and the tropic without sun and sea-and full of passion. The topics are akin to heavy rain and heaven, about stories that have been told and retold of angels that although fallen continue to soar; and drawings that become biographical; the mention of days and nights, to maintain a sense of time. This was an interesting project where the intellectual commitment to document this subject ensured its success. These were the reasons this idea became a reality, concrete and earthly so if the fallen angels ever fall again they will find their home.
Iliana Emilia García Translated from Spanish by Carmen Lorente