David Moscoso: Andean Nature as a Source of Artistic Creativity
This week we're so thrilled to feature our first guest post! Alicia Lubowski-Jahn first introduced us to David Moscoso, an Ecuadorian landscape painter whose work is intriguing and inherently linked to the imagery and environment of The Andean Collection. Below is Alicia's article and interview with David Moscoso:
The Ecuadorian painter and muralist David Moscoso is an artist responsive to an artistic heritage of Andean landscape. His combination of sublimity, spirituality, and natural history has been compared to the great North American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), who found in the Andes a sublime wilderness similar to that discovered by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Thomas Moran (1837-1926), and others in the Sierra Nevada and Colorado Rockies of the American West. Beyond Moscoso's familiarity with landscapes by artist travelers and the academic tradition within Ecuador, he has also embraced a direct experience of natural landscape that pre-dates European contact. Moscoso has described the Andean inhabitant's communion with nature prior to the Spanish conquest as: "...concrete thought upon things and facts... living and feeling Water, Earth, Wind, Sun in the mind, blending in perfect harmony." Moscoso's vision of Andean nature as a harmonious unity also has roots in both European and Andean cosmologies evident, in particular, in the writings of the nineteenth-century German scientific traveler Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and native Inca mythology. Moscoso's artwork connects an Ecuadorian cultural heritage, what he calls "Andean Memory," with a future forward thinking. This past and present engagement with Ecuadorian art and nature is evocative of the Andean Collection's own dialogue with an artistic legacy grounded in nature.
Not only can we admire the artwork of David Moscoso and The Andean Collection as exemplars of Andean artistic creativity, but it is important to recognize that Andean nature itself has for centuries been celebrated as an exceptionally procreative natural realm. Indeed, the long-standing myth of the New World as both a Biblical Eden and an El Dorado, echoed in Alexander von Humboldt's formulation of equatorial America's rich and abundant vegetation, speak of this supremely abundant nature. This same vital and biodiverse ecological zone--likened historically to the entire Kingdom of Nature--continues to inspire David Moscoso and The Andean Collection today.
I hope that my dialogue with the pioneering landscape artist David Moscoso will shed light on both his remarkable creative talent and on that creativity, which is intrinsic to Andean nature itself.
Q&A with David Moscoso:
Alicia: What is your opinion of The Andean Collection?
David: I was so pleasantly surprised the first time I saw their jewelry collection. These designs are extensively known here in Ecuador, including the forms of traditional buttons. I greatly admired the very unique creations combining haute couture design and Ecuadorian craftsmanship.
I myself design jewelry, and was delighted to see in The Andean Collection's portfolio so many beautiful possibilities. I believe the colors and forms of the collection are precious. I consider that the great potential of creation exists in these pieces and explores our collective Andean Memory.
A: The Andean Collection has taken its point of inspiration in Ecuador's forests, its trees, and their nuts and seeds. Can you please comment on this realm of Andean nature?