Felipe Lopez’s creative elements are water and light. His work refers to water as a precious commodity and its preservation as a main tenet of ecological ethics. Regardless of social status or culture, clean water is what ties humanity together as its basic necessity. Lopez’s work also looks at the ritual aspect of water as evidenced by its use in healing and purification rites throughout the millennia.
His favorite icons are assemblages of microcosms encapsulated in resin to emulate water within a light bulb shape suffused by brilliant ambient light. Using various sizes of light bulbs, these miniature installations contain floating organisms and elements from the natural world. Fanciful fly fishing lures present the human element, referring metaphorically to our involvement with nature in all its forms.
Curiosity is humankind’s best trait, the German poet Goethe once said. Pulling up strange and fantastical creatures from the depth of the ocean and experiencing first hand a novel life system, may have inspired our ancestors to look for other worlds, real and imagined, beyond our planetary confines.