Creating Art From Dreams
Shortly after we arrived at our Airbnb accommodations in Cartagena hosted by Luis Carlos, we were introduced to his mother Flor. As we quickly discovered, Flor is an artist who has been painting and creating tapestries since she was very young. Looking around we could see that many of her works of art adorn the walls of their home. As we inspected them we could see the similarities in style, but the subject of each piece was different. Flor explained that she has very vivid dreams and it is from these dreams that she gets her inspiration for the pieces she creates.
Dreams have been a powerful influence on her art and her life in general. This influence is best exemplified by a dream that her son Luis Carlos shared with us.
Some time ago Flor had a dream about a young black woman being held against her will on a specific street in Cartagena. The woman was tied up and badly mistreated by her captors. This dream was so disturbing that Flor was compelled to go to that street the next day and search for the woman. Not having any luck finding her, Flor looked around and discovered a little black puppy nearby that was left tied to post and in horrible condition. It was malnourished and covered with insects. To Flor the little black puppy represented the reincarnation of the woman from her dream, so she quickly fetched the puppy and took it home. She cleaned the little puppy and nursed it back to health. This little dog is now named Tigre and has been part of their family ever since.
I have included a few photos of the painting and tapestries that Flor has created. You can easily see the similarity in style, but the subject is different in every case as unique dreams inspired each one.
To give you better insight into how Flor creates her works, we asked her to describe a tapestry that she is currently working on. Unfortunately, she only speaks Spanish, so Omar added a few captions in the video to explain what she said. Make sure you turn on CC to see Omar's translation.