36" X 72" | ready to hang | mixed media on carved birch with found wooden oar
Rey’s signature series is inspired by his life’s journey. The wooden oar, found at sea, represents the experiences of migrants and immigrants who leave their homelands in search of a better future.
Rey’s work is a balance of abstract imagery and direct representation of textures from Cuba. Utilizing a chisel, a traditional wood-working tool, Rey incises his drawing into the surface of his painting, providing an outline for the painting process. These lines later gain further significance, either inferring the long slats used in boat-building, or creating the textured lines that remain visible in the finished work.