The Spiritual Ethos of the Desert

Medium & Message: Light

Light and dark are metaphors in life. Each needs the other to exist. Light in the desert is evocative. Light captures my imagination in the daily ebb and flow of each moment in the desert; studying the interplay of light and dark brings endless inspiration. The illusion and mirages of the desert capture my imagination.

My work enters a spiritual dimension, beginning with the attraction of light and bioluminescent-like colors. To some, it is an eerie palette of color, but there is a sense of security in knowing that Light never leaves us.

Totems have been integral to many indigenous cultures worldwide, serving as powerful symbols of identity, heritage, and spirituality. I look to channel those themes within my work. My vertical positioning of things horizontally provides a different perspective. :

Larry J. Ortega