AV* Represented Artist Jeffry Cantu's exhibition "Organic Abstractions" showcases a collection of paintings and tapestries that delve into the multifaceted nature of “the self” and the ever-evolving process of self-construction. Cantu's artworks feature a variety of materials, including corn husk, bamboo, twine, rope, and beads, which are intricately layered to create visually captivating and textured pieces that blend organic and inorganic elements.
Cantu's use of material layering in his works serves as a metaphor for the intricate and diverse nature of “the self”, which is shaped by personal experiences, relationships, and cultural influences. The inclusion of organic materials like corn husk and bamboo signifies the raw, natural aspects of the self, while the addition of inorganic materials like rope and beads represents external factors that contribute to shaping one's identity. By exploring abstract themes through his artwork, Cantu encourages viewers to reflect on their own journey of self-discovery and self-construction. The complex layering of materials in his pieces suggests that the self is not a static entity but a dynamic construct that continuously evolves and adapts to life's experiences.
Through "Organic Abstractions," Jeffry Cantu creates a space for contemplation and introspection, inviting viewers to engage with their own ongoing journey of self-discovery and appreciate the complexity and richness of “identity” being a constantly evolving work in progress.