Artwork > METAPHRASE

“Metaphrase” is a series that includes large scale wall renderings (indoor and outdoor) and mixed media paintings. The work explores the artist’s current course, a personal constructed script, calligraphy; the “Metaphrase”.

The genesis of the series is personal. The artist was diagnosed with a learning disability as a young child, causing difficulty in speech, comprehension, translation and writing. The non sequitur has become increasingly fascinating for the artist in regards to language, writing, idiomatic phrases and identity through language.

Each letter is a system that has been influenced by Gothic Blackletter and ciphers with hints of Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy. Oquendo’s script communicates idioms translated into English, poetry, and personal messages which are rarely immediately decipherable. Completion finds the balance between obfuscate text and the beauty of calligraphy.

Scrolls
Enamel & acrylic paint on un-stretched canvas
216”x40”
2016
"It's like the dog in the manger. Eat."
Enamel and Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
24"x24"
2016
"Each holy day arrives on time. Live"
Enamel and Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
24"x24"
2016
"Saint Martin arrives to everyone."
Enamel and Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
24"x24"
2016
David D Oquendo
enamel paint on acrylic paint on wood panel
28"x36"x2"
2016