I create my artwork as a practitioner of what I call 'The Essence Ritual': a rite that engages the essence of being in relationship with itself and its environment. This ritualistic approach is my way to transform common notions of reality, perception and spirituality in a deeply subversive way of thinking, expressed through a personal vocabulary of images and symbols. I create imaginary characters and substances, working with physical materials and poetic text on a metaphorical level.
My work evolves in multiple series that are open processes themselves, like concentric circles unfolding in time from a creative core. Each series asks for specific materials, each one playing a role in the consciousness manifested as a big installation: my most vital and essential gesture. Art offers me freedom through its practice and becomes a healing process as well as a quest for knowledge of my own truth, the primordial untouched by words.
Claudia Paneca is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist. She studied sculpture at the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at The Invisible Dog, a multidisciplinary arts center located in Brooklyn, New York.