Digital Photomontage 2001
The Magic Forest (Self Portrait 1)
Magic Forest (Self Portrait 1)
is Ramos-Poquí’s most autobiographical and personal work.
It portrays his reflections on his life-world and persona as a child.
Layers of reference and symbol interweave as metaphors of his memory
of that period; his dreams (the vision of a forest); his childhood
toys and games: the wooden pony on wheels, the origami, the stamp
collection, the loving authority figures of father and mother. Here,
the mind’s eye defies the camera and clock, and the lyrical
innocence of the child’s vision and drawing counterposes the
dark undertones of the “momento mori” (the anonymous hospital
corridor, the leering skull waiting to mock). There is a sensuous
and tactile fluidity about this image – its subtle interplay
of visual and verbal signs (as in the traces from a diary) echoing
time's elusive compass and changing fragilities.