"During quarantine I decided to make my life easier, more minimal. I became a fruitarian, eating only one type of fruit a day. I was searching for simplicity, leaving out everything that was unnecessary. The effect of this practice, a mono meal diet, for me is a kind of spiritual practice and it has had a direct impact on my way of thinking. My mind has become clearer, more empty, there is a void left by the lack of distractions. This has also impacted my work. I am as much interested in what is left out of the work, the empty spaces, as I am in what is put into them. The paintings have become simpler, refined down to just a single stroke, or a single colour, creating a tension between the space and the line.
I think this series of works are closer to writing than to painting, in the sense that there is no representation.
For me, writing is not a simple recording of knowledge but, rather, the poetic expression of a certain relation. It is a ceremony and an exercise so that the moment when my body meets the canvas is an elevation. Seen from this angle, writing is the work of differentiation and reflection.” /Oso Parado
Oso explores the way that the Internet shapes our perceptions of value and beauty, he states:
"The questioning of my work is positioned within the Post Internet trend. My work is a total reflection of how the internet affects our taste creating a standard in the masses, losing individuality and creating these homogeneous masses in tastes and customs; I reflect a lot in my work on that effect of the internet on society, on standards of beauty. Oso’s artwork is also a critique of the American Dream lifestyle. In this, Parado constructs a discourse that speaks to his family origins and especially his inheritance from his father. Thanks to contemporary technology, we have more information and access to spiritual practices than ever before.
Oso interrogates us about what it means to be spiritual today. The artist lives part-time in very touristic Tulum, Mexico, renowned for drawing an international crowd seeking to embark on a journey of what Oso refers to, with humour, as ‘Spiritual Shopping’, in a town where you can book your spiritual awakening via Whatspp or Airbnb Experience, based on a Tripadvisor review.
The digital democratisation of knowledge has given us more access to different forms of spirituality and our relationship to spirituality has become one of a consumer. In much the same way as we order our groceries on Amazon, we now choose our spiritual experiences based on peer-to-peer reviews.
My work is a site where places of making and not making, painting and not painting, are linked so that they reverberate with one another."