I’m María, I like salt water, the Spanish potato omelette and I’m an ichthyomaniac! Yes, yes… I’m fascinated by Fish!
In my name I carry the “MAR” (SEA) and a little of the “RÍA” (TIDAL RIVER) of the Bilbao Nervión, where I was born, surrounded by spectacular beaches and green cliffs. According to studies, the proportion of water in our brain is 70%. In my case I suspect that the percentage is higher, which should favor the reproduction of different Fish, never before seen in my Fish-tank; well…head. Some call it quirkiness, I call it “Blessed Marine Madness”. With no glasses, no fins, nor bottle, I decided to dive deeper into my life and dive into myself. It was then, when I discovered a new channel of communication to express my feelings, emotions, memories, longings and experiences. Fish have become my voice and the inseparable protagonists of my creations.
SINCE I DO WHAT COMES OUT OF THE FISH-TANK I AM HAPPIER!
In the last few years there has been a change at a personal and professional level and I start a search in which I feel a deep need to listen to myself and to take charge of my life. The sea has accompanied me since childhood, connecting in a very special way through diving and sailing. In a conscious and unconscious way I begin to advance in that self-knowledge process giving life at the bottom of the sea to everything that happens outside of it and inside me. As I advance, I begin to see how every piece has an emotion as an embryo, which is reflected on the protagonist: the Fish. The first creation, “Anchors Away”, will be the one that gives meaning to that process of change in which I decide to stop being stuck in the past and live in the present. The next Fish emerges from the water, “The Re-emergence”; I feel a force that pushes me towards the surface, starting at last to take my head out of the water and wake up. This will be followed by a Fish accompanied by a helm, in which I can clearly feel that I have finally chosen “Take the Helm” of my life with my own hands and navigate where to I want. “Fear” awakens in the next creation and I decide to make room for it on this new trip, but making it very clear that only Miss Creativity and I will make decisions. And so, one creation after another, until what has been my first collection: “Metamorphosis” is born. This will be followed by other collections: Gastrofish, Emotional bonds, Great Bilbao… through which I express everything that disturbs me, excites me or attracts my attention.
Some of the materials used are the result of a fortuitous encounter or an intentional search in special places. That is why, in many cases, it is impossible to make an exact replica. If the painting is out of stock, one can be made on request with similar characteristics. In the case of some paintings, the replica can be very similar to the original depending on the materials.
With this artistic project, I want to express,
and shout to the world, what I feel and think.