Art for Hope
Jacques Pena is a full time Digital artist, providing work for such companies as Sony Online Entertainment, Harmonix, Neoscape Inc, Maxon and Autodesk.
Jacques is currently Senior Artist and one of the founding members of Fire Hose Games in Boston.
When I was presented with the project Art for Hope, it came at a time where I really had to remind myself, how much impact art really has on the world. One thing about working professionally, during production, especially when its months and months of continuous work, its easy to forget how helpful and how much a difference an artist can make, especially when its to helping a good cause. Everyone knows the tragedy in Japan, I wasn't going to say no. Even if I wasn't presented with the project, giving the opportunity I would of just volunteered.
My art piece "Love", went through many iterations. It was a product of regressing, until I actually found something that hold as much meaning and power as the project itself.
It had to be special, it had to hold visually and express the message of hope I wanted. It was a personal challenge, that I cared about so much, I didn't want to mess it up.
I think its really hard to try and express how much meaning hope has. There were tons of meanings, going into the project, that I had to really try to give my interpretation. Looking at what is happening currently on earth, what views and politics I have encountered personally, and idels for the futures. I had to write a few sentences about the project, this was written before the final art. Its more then just a message of peace, its a way of looking at each day, and try to put a small foot print in making a positive difference. The Artwork fell in perfectly, after I actually got a chance to really sit back, and decide the meaning.
The project did change a few things for me. It helped me re-establish an ideal I once knew, during my painting and canvas days, creating something that helps the community and portrays a positive breakthrough to observers. Looking at my portfolio, and bodies work that were done in the past, I reflect now on the future of the imagery I produce, and try to fit in more, a key message, to the world.
My art is considerably a strong Abstract Perception of a subject. Its the chaos in abstraction, that drives my creativity. I'm a heavy Sci-Fi guy, everyone who knows my work, knows that. But, given that subject, there is more. Its not about a spaceship or robot for example. Its taking the key subject element, separating it from its original form, into more of a different way of thinking about the subject and attacking it artistically. Everything is open at that point, things can be seen in a new way.
I became an artist, cause that's my lineage. My father and mother are artist, it was always there growing up. My purpose was pretty much written from the start. From the earliest years that I can remember, art was always part of it. From middle school till college, I knew my path. My parents knew, with exceptional skill, Art will provide me with everything I need in life. Amazingly it has.
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