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   Miguel Aguilar is an artist that specializes in large scale drawings and small sculptural metal work, each of which focusing on a different aspect of the humanized projection of deities and higher beings. In his interpretations he especially focuses on the foreign contextualization of religion and culture. He does this by creating works that, without prior knowledge, offer no explanation on their own. Instead each piece is a fictional creation intended to reference religious figures and depictions through his two-dimensional media and tools from a fictional culture in his three-dimensional work.

    Foreign societal and religious norms have always been a point of interest for the artist. Growing up in a devout household, he was fascinated by the tradition and ceremony of worship and the justification pertaining to each, both in what was his practicing belief and the different beliefs of surrounding societies. It was this fascination that fueled the dive into some of the history of religious justification and its resulting effect on the rest of the practicing culture. He attempts to put viewers in his own shoes; for the viewer to experience the same inquiry as he does.

   Ultimately his work is about new creation, fictional dialogue, and the inception of new beliefs of culture that are fueled by the viewers own projected context. He attempts to explore the sociology of religion, language, and culture through a foreign lens. His goal is not to create works that make viewers question their own beliefs but rather to make those viewers consider the existence and the differences of other cultures. He puts every other culture on an even playing field by producing and depicting completely original “deities” and sociological tools. By leaving no context except the imagery itself, he hopes for viewers to think critically about the origins, importance, depiction, and culture in which these figures perhaps lay.

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