ABOUT LA PINZA SELF-AWARE
Artist: Sergio Martinez
Land of Origin: Spain
With La Pinza, we see a beautiful portrait held up by the steady, almost challenging gaze of a young Asian woman. The body is in profile and her face flashes a three quarter stare. She wears a semi-open white shirt that reveals her breasts, one is which is clamped by a wooden clothespin. The arms cross behind her back and her right hand appears from the back of the left side, with her fingers hooking the hem of the shirt. The skin infers softness with subtle gold contrasts.
The glaring juxtaposition between the finger, direct stare and act of submission via object, grow on the viewer as they explore each subtle message contained in this complex piece that emulsifies obedience with rebellion.
Sergio says: “We are usually comfortable in the known. We naturally create and accept environments where everything matches. In this painting I propose to experiment by decontextualising a small object and try to understand the meaning that this alteration provokes in me.”