Smoke I, II, III, IV, V Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
These five ink drawings depict "smoke". Smoke is an abstract manifestation of fire, a visible suspension of carbon in the air. Various indigenous groups including in our Mayan culture the use of smoke in rituals is considered sacred. For instance, in the Catholic Church the burning of incense during services is a symbolic gesture of prayer and offering; the burning, the smoke along with its smell is akin the presence of God. However, smoke also has negative connotations. I see smoke as evidence of destruction, as a result of war assaults. I find it intriguing to see how the smoke begins as a thick mass and then it dissipates as it ascends to the open sky as if it is the material manifestation of the soul’s journey.
Smoke V (2015) Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Smoke IV (2015) Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Smoke III (2015) Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Smoke II (2015) Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Smoke I (2015) Ink on paper 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Destruction (2015) Graphite sketch 30.48 x 22.86 cm
Frances Cordero de Bolaños is interested in various issues, and her work has explored nature, sports, women issues, violence, conflict, and war. Frances works are playful, dark and somewhat grotesques. She uses a variety of media and techniques to express her ideas and concerns.