By: Special to The Laredo Sun
Castillon said the idea for his art, which is an abstract representation of the unconscious mind, came from an unusual source. “The theme of the show is based on the studies of the contemporary psychologist Carl Jung and his use of archetypes and collective unconsciousness,” Castillon explained.
“For this art show, I primarily focused on dead languages to create visual representations of the unconscious mind. I had the opportunity to research ancient cultures like the Sumerians and the Babylonians who inspired me to create the paintings,” Castillon added.
The use of dark colors and multiple framing is predominant in Castillon’s work, which was created through acrylic techniques and the application of seals.
Additionally, Castillon incorporates several medical symbolisms into some of his pieces, which reflect his deep passion for medicine. “I studied medicine in Mexico City, but I always have been infatuated with art,” said Castillon who holds a master’s degree in Occupational Health from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
“I took a lot art courses once I started working as an intern and later when I began operating my own practice as a physician in Monterrey. I would take advantage of the free time I had to study design, art history, ceramics and other art-related courses,” he added.
Castillon retired from medicine in 2005 and moved to Laredo where he has been working as an artist, and has continued his art studies at LCC. “I hope the public attends the show to know a little bit about my work and to have an informal introduction to the work of Carl Jung,” Castillon said.
The art show will be on display through Thursday, Dec. 13. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about Variation on a Theme and gallery hours, contact the LCC Art Department at 721-5224.
Edited by - C.R.