Artist Portfolio-Emilio Lobato
Emilio Lobato's Artist's Statement and Show Images
“I come to the sea to breathe.” — Mary Anne Rademacher
The ocean has long inspired awe, wanderlust, and most significantly, rejuvenation. For over 30 years Lobato has vacationed on the Oregon Coast in pursuit of those very things. For a week or two every year on those family vacations Lobato became enamored of that landscape. The rugged coastline is the exact opposite of the desert Southwest of Lobato’s childhood. It had long been a “bucket list” objective of his to return for an extended period, specifically to create a body of work exploring that experience.
“Flights of Fancy” is a series of collage and mixed media on panels produced on the Oregon coast in early 2019. “Flying stunt kites was my wife’s favorite pastime while on vacation. Over the years many special memories were created there. I wanted to explore imagery that expressed the whimsy, nostalgia, and expansiveness that the coast inspired.”
Using maps of the northwest, historical documents collected in Astoria, and Japanese rice paper, Lobato fashioned paper airplanes that he then collaged. The childhood pastime of making and launching paper airplanes evokes carefree moments, the desire to soar, and most importantly, to dream.