David Rios Ferreira
Postcolonial images merge with children’s pop-culture to produce eerily alluring abstract scenes on Mylar and paper. Clusters of lines are stockpiled and dominate space—creating a dense hybrid landscape. I populate these landscapes with figures of reinterpreted cartoon characters to perform imagined histories. In my drawings the child is the object of the performance—an embodiment of the interchange of cultural historical forces.

My work is inspired by the cognitive process of image and language appropriation I learned by being around my nephews with Autism. They mimic lines from their favorite animated films to contribute to conversation and as responses to questions. I think about their understanding of this complex world through these types of images and utilize a similar process of image appropriation.

In my work I'm both composing an image and, like my nephews, “drawing together” the familiar. Coloring books and animation, 18th century newspaper etchings and paintings such as those of Puerto Rican Impressionist Francisco Oller coalesce into a study on identity formation—an investigation of race, nation, sexuality, and gender.