After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Mexican Artist Santiago Corral
MEXICAN ARTIST SANTIAGO CORRAL illustrates in this oil painting (2003) how I feel about my life during the past ten years that I have been traveling the world and dancing tango.
When I lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, over an art gallery, I saw his exhibit of empty suitcases, empty boxes, yet not empty--to me they were full of possibility. Someone at the opening commented that the paintings made him feel sad. But they made me glad. Hopeful.
So I said to Santiago, "well, it's the story of my life, only the suitcase always has my tango shoes."
And Santiago said, "loan them to me."
And this is the result.
This painting was on load to the Santiago de Queretero Museo de Art in Mexico for one month in 2003. When the exhibit closed, I moved here to Buenos Aires with the crated painting (well I had to buy it, didn't I?) and 5 boxes of belongings, including a handpainted Mexican table. The 5 boxes went to Rio on vacation for 5 days, but the painting arrived safely.
I hope when my book, The Church of Tango, is published that this painting will be the cover.
The shoes, by the way, are Flabella's, and I'm still dancing in them. My artist friend Sheila from L.A. commented that the shoes in the suitcase look exactly like my feet! Art on the hoof!
I have a soul of a suitcase, but of a suitcase that returns ...
my life, really, was always that : a going and a returning. I am a boomerang by nature.
Like the criminals, like the fianceés and like the bill collectors:
I always return ... -- E. S. Discepolo, writer of tangos
Two more of Santiago's paintings: El Encuentro and Reconciliacion