“Lluvia de Peces” (Rain of Fish) is a phenomenon that is said to have taken place annually for more than a century in Yoro, Honduras. It's believed to have started with Father José Manuel Subirana, a Spanish Catholic missionary who visited Honduras from 1856-1864. Upon seeing so many poor people, he prayed for three days and three nights asking God for a miracle to provide the people with food. It has been raining fish ever since. The fish are all about six-inches long and are completely blind. Even stranger is that these particular fish are not found in any of the surrounding bodies of water.
Each painting is a visual representation of a particular story with the colors, patterns, clothing, animals, people, and architecture from that region. I begin each piece by researching the oral literature and imagery, and then creating a loose drawing of the key characters. I then draw the images in chalk onto a black canvas, building upon the colors in layers to add depth and vibrancy. The black background creates dramatic shadows that i really love.
Every story has a lesson, moral or societal mores for children and adults alike. Stories help us remember who we are, where we came from, and even what the future could hold if we repeat the same mistakes. Many of my paintings tell the story of poverty, power, greed, and love. The lessons are, I hope, timeless.
Television and other cultural forces have diluted storytelling as a tool of communicating, learning, and healing, and I want to make people curious about the stories of Central and South America. I want people to become curious again about story, about culture, and about people.
The funds raised during this campaign will go toward purchasing art supplies for all of the pieces, securing a gallery for the event, creating Kickstarter rewards, shipping, packaging, project management, media development, taxes, etc.
Here are the reward images that will be offered in various sizes:
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Risks and challenges
The key risks involved with this process are the time involved in prepping and running the campaign and the time spent crafting the art pieces. We feel that we've planned and budgeted well and that we'll be able to deliver an excellent product to our backers in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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