The Temporary Meat Bodies
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featuring Miguel Paulo Borja
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Miguel Paulo Borja’s figurative abstractions were birthed from his own personal curiosities and paranoia on the ominous lure of medical catastrophe. Aesthetically, he draws influence from early childhood cartoon-like depictions of anatomy, dissects it and splays them out on his canvas as a display of our human layers, both biologically and metaphysically. His obsession with deterioration and rot stems from his own personal and recent medical histories. This becomes evident in the ever-presence of feet in his artworks and the way he depicts them as the anchor between abstract psychopathy and figurative reality. He believes the feet to be an important indicator of health as they are also what carry us throughout our existence as temporary meat bodies.
Other familiar anatomy includes extremities like hands, buttocks and genitals that can be found all across his paintings. He refers to his figures as violent and perverted representations of our modern cultural byproducts such as self-doubt, paranoia, depression, anxiety and disease. The figures in his paintings seem to carry an invisible weight, burdened by the meaninglessness and limitations of their existence. He tackles issues of existentialism and even nihilism as a recurring theme throughout his art and along with it, the metaphysical and sometimes spiritual aspects of being, in contrast to our transient biology.