Many years ago, de las Mercedes watched as his life’s work went up in flames, as his studio burnt down one cold winter night. Returning to the ashes of what was the home and hub of his creativity, he began to scoop up some of the ashes of what was home, art, literature, and music and memorialized all in a jar - the urn of the life he once had. In that jar were not only the ashes but also chunks of charcoal, which later evolved into the Blot work. Unconsciously immersing himself in the works, he later realized that the series became his attempt to reclaim all that he lost in the fire. The series covers his lost books, his lost music and just as the phoenix - de las Mercedes has resurrected not only his creative edge - but those who have inspired him along his journey into art.
Drawing from Ruben Dario and other great literary masters, de las Mercedes in his Blot series, like Dario encourages Modernism, but in an unique sense in that this is Modernism in 2018, and where de las Mercedes is not reacting to 19th century post Colonialism, he is reacting to his own transplanted life, and what one can label as an Urban Modernism of the displaced.
One of the many important aspects of Dario is that he, according to Tim Neville of The New York Times, from his article from November 27, 2017, is more than just a poet - he takes back the Spanish language from the colonial empires that made and redefined Latin America. One can easily also see that de las Mercedes is just as important as he, as through his symbolic and painterly language he is also affording the displaced with a language all their own.
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