Oscar Muñoz is a Colombian artist whose work often deals with the precariousness of human nature, identity, self-reflection and memory . Muñoz employs unusual or unstable materials such as human breath, water, light and dust and works can manifest within the context of video, or as the result of unorthodox photographic and printing techniques. This particular work – ‘Re/Trato’ from 2003 – is a video of Muñoz painting a self-portait with water on a piece of concrete warmed outdoors by the sun.
I found this work touching, and haunting at the same time. The choice of media and surface create a quite unusual ‘drawing’ which is seemingly endless, and I think encapsulates drawing as both a noun and verb, in an incredibly ephemeral manner. The act of producing this piece reflects the artists preoccupation with self-perception and identity, and the way in which the repetitive, distorting, nervous drawing seems to disappear and require quick and constant renewal evokes a transience and fragility that is quite unsettling within the context.