To explain what has led me to work mainly with such unconventional support as a vegetable leaf, I have to talk about the context in which inspiration and personal crisis allied to become a tool that allows me to reflect what we do with Nature and with ourselves. In this process I find two main exploration pathways: the leaf as a symbol of the ecological environment, and as a reflection of our own duality.


On the one hand, the leaf is an important element in Nature and I find it an ideal medium to express my thoughts related to the current environmental situation. On the other hand, for me this natural element represents one of our primary dualities: light and shadow. A leaf is usually a layer where one side looks towards the light and the other is hidden in the shadow. According to analytical psychology the human shadow is that part of the being where we hide what we do not like about us, and it is precisely in this field that I reflect and try to find out the reasons behind our fears and suffering.


Lorenzo M. Durán