a collage of 3 photos of sculpture


My work explores the unique interpretation of light and color. Like a prism bending light waves, I manipulate resins, rare earth minerals, and their intrinsic properties to absorb and re-emit light. Creating a surface-captivating dance of illumination and shadow. As a result, this distinctive use of materials allows me to channel the transformative power of light, akin to the dynamic strokes of paint on a canvas.

My creations are not just static sculptures. Moods are crafted through an application of color theory. The latest series is a collection of botanical molds cast with a strong palette of rare earth elements. Consequently, the light and wave spectrums create an opportunity to use bold colors. In short, these elements infuse the sculpture and light with a luminosity that transcends the physical, touching the spiritual.

My work, which glows in the dark, harnesses the incandescence of the rare earth elements. The works of art create a glowing evocation. Something that strikes a chord with our innate spiritual nature. My hope is the work will resonate with viewers on a deeper, more intrinsic level. In each piece, a visual experience and a spiritual journey are illuminated by the artistry. Learn more: https://larryjortega.com/desert-totem-sirens-of-the-desert/

Light and Dark: Agave Series

The elegant forms of agave sculpture outline the darkness while Light and color leak out gently at night. A theme of healing and restoration is part of the desert enchantment of the work.  This two-part art piece comprises the Agave casting and the “spade” shape platform.

The Agave cast sits on a platform created using two fused pieces of burlwood. The surface of the live edges of the burl is pitted and rough. At the same time, the interior of the burlwood has pits and openings filled with resin and rare-earth minerals. Like old healed wounds, the surface depicts the scars of life, healed but scarred. The color of light within the sculpture portrays additional spiritual metaphors—the hope of following the truth that sets you free.

Laser light creates light graffiti on the surface of the agave sculpture. I use laser pens to produce graffiti on the sculpture’s surface. The pattern of light creating the graffiti disappears over time or by turning on the light, which erases the graffiti from the surface. Quite spiritual in a way.

photo of Larry and Krystle Henderson of channel 12
Larry and Krystle

Rare-Earth Minerals

Rare-earth minerals provide a seductive color palette. The “Agave Series” Desert Enchantment incorporates two or more Agave leaves. Attached to the platform is a bouquet of Agave leaves created to represent Agave leaves using silicone molds precisely. Layers of translucent resin allow the light to bend sensually.

  1. Cuatro Agaves
  2. Tres Agaves
  3. Dos Agaves
  4. Uriel
  5. Columns of Fire
  6. Columns of Clouds
  7. Totem
  8. The Art of Movement
  9. Century Plant
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