The Ciguapa is a folkloric female creature that inhabits the Dominican highland forests and preys on wayward men, like so many other mythical female creatures. My paintings divert from literal descriptions of the Ciguapa, and instead, present figures that are barely human in form, their skin transitioning softly between flesh, fur, and tropical lush. In doing so, they present not only the re-conceptualized form of the mythical creature, but also the personification of romanticized western notions about "the tropics.

Ciguapa Series



Ciguapa Habilis (After Carl Linnaeus)
2010






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