Rice, Barbed wire, keys... A closer look at MICHEL MIRABAL's Artwork.
Michel Mirabal's Flag series is a colorful and stunning representation of national flags.
They are painted on a wood boards, either blackened with charcoal or covered with newspaper.
A closer look at those pieces opens the path to deep and meaningful interpretations. Why rice, Barbed wire, keys, or bullet shells?
"Barded wire represents problem"
In his interview with the Aspen Times in June this year, Michel explained: "The barbed wire represents problem". The main "problem"s facing his fellow cubans are the different restrictions people face, the difficulty for people to create businesses and the lack of certain freedoms.
His Artwork has placed Michel in difficult situations in the past. Combining barbed wire and iconic flags wasn't something some Cuban officials were happy to see... From his point of view, Michel insists that he is painting problems that exist: "All countries have problems. The US has problems. But I'm upset for the things we (cubans) don't have." he explained to the Aspen Times.
Rice is Humanity
The most traditional meals in Cuba always include rice. Rice is symbolic of humanity. Of all the materials on the planet, rice connects us all. It feeds humans more than any other food. It is used in celebration and in mourning the loss of a loved one.
Michel Mirabal's Artwork is alluding to the complexities of reality. He shows both the struggle and the strength of nations and people.
His unique talent invites us to govern interpretation as the taste is so distinct and captivating..