Secrets

Every crossroads of our existence guards secrets that only God and the soul know.

 

Secrets, 1993.

Oil on wood

100 x 81 cm

 

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Woman with right arm extended upward, holds between her fingers a wide white cloth on the verge of falling and revealing the secret femininity of her naked body to us.

 

This work, of a seemingly profane nature, contains a more profound and spiritual symbolism, its key is found in the scene the figure is in and in the severe facial expression that directs its gaze towards the ground, towards the earthly that enslaves its spirit.

 

It is preparation for the complete nakedness of the soul, for sincere and transcendental dialogue between the human and the divine, intangible and liturgical ritual accomplished through religious supplication.

 

In the background, the Prayer Room of the Ben Yusuf Madrasa, theological school of higher education located in Marrakesh was founded in the 19th century and expanded by the Saadians and later completed by the sultan Sharif Ghalib al Saadi in 1565.

 

The architecture is a work of art in the Andalusian Arabic style; built by the Al-Andalus Muslim families displaced by the Christian armies of the Iberian Peninsula that chose Morocco as a place to rebuild their lives during a critical time.

 

Devoid of its religious and teaching mission, it closed its doors in 1960 until it’s reopening in 1982; refurbished into one of the most visited tourist places in the country.

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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