Unconditional Joy | 71.5″ x 27.5″ x 2″ | Mixed media on antique door | 2019
Piping, weaving, and constructivism are some techniques Javier González employs to create futuristic sculptural tapestries. His creative objective is to find freedom through healing. He chooses to portray patterns to indicate that part of his healing involves breaking his own patterns of behavior and thinking. Javier recognizes these patterns are handed down to him from his ancestors, as well as a legacy of craftsmanship and artisanship. By adopting the Afro-Colombian philosophy of carrying family legacies through generations he assumes the responsibility of continuing his family legacy through his artwork. Javier is also influenced by the African American culture from Detroit and the discipline and aesthetics of Chanel Couture. The common thread is a philosophy of resistance from social constructions and conventions. He develops this practice by utilizing a wide range of blingy, colorful, rustic, new and old materials. When asked what his medium is, he loves to reply, “everything”.