During the Baroque skull became a symbol of piety and reflection, in the compositions of the vanitas, served to remind man of the brevity of life and the futility of the human. Salvador Dalí had an impact on the subject of death, that convulsive beauty that André Breton called "le beau comme" and Damien Hirst, and in this century, cleared of pictorial illusionism to carry a real dimension in a metaphorical order apparently alchemical.
Andrés Planas (Palma, 1957) includes the skull for some series of small paintings, executed in mixed media (acrylic, oil, collage). Meditecráneo, as it is called, shows us his deepest revelations by way of automatic memories. Flat paints skulls or cures bitter cassocks, which ultimately come to represent the same thing, because in my opinion priestly celibacy is not the result of sexual abuse by priests, which underlies this and other issues related to the Church is the deep bitterness of many of its members, although representing only Planas to link with the idea of replacement.
The rest of those skulls paintings serve to preside fragments shapes, symbols and stories; here begins the fiction, what could be and never was, where everything is still possible. The unreality of fiction is not fantasy nor unlikely, but always possible in reality. Then, you want to express your Planas number of small facilities Prosthetics? That mix of collector-surgeon exposes urns filled breast prostheses symbolic elements that allude to memory, identity, desire, all women in general.
The proposal is completed with the publication of a book in which John Rabell collects texts and which shows not only his close friendship with the artist, but also his role as plastic surgeon and renowned skull subsidiaries, is that this fragment of our body contains all possible thoughts. First date referred to, is a French architect, Jean Mignot: Ars Scienta sine nihil est (Skill without knowledge is nothing).