The series “Tears from the Thaw” takes as a concept a dream-like fantasy.
The dream in the Greek world was an allegoric God, son of the night and brother
of death. According to Homer, whom refers to “the dreams”, these inhabited the dark
shorelines of the Occidental Ocean and announced the truth.
In the Far, Middle and Near East the dream is a fundamental element of prophecy.
East and West accord in the revealing character that the dream possesses and on its veracity.
Every artist, should transmit truth. Espeche faces a courageous project in using his own
dream-like fantasy converting it in a metaphor to evaluate one the signs of our times. His
objective is accomplished and the conversion of his dreams closes the series we present here .
As a tragedy poet he begins and concludes with the same concept-image and as a classic hero
he vanquishes his destiny by consecrating this production to a committed and difficult thematic.
An allegoric god inspires him. Thus, he converts himself, using a Platonic metaphor, in
a medium of the Gods and articulates a language that transcends him.
His art speaks of “chaos” (night-death) using a very personal and oppressive palette, where black
(the denial of color) is the main character, and definitely reaches “cosmos” (day-life).
With images of a terrible and particular beauty, as a prophet, he renders them Apocalyptic:
“Thanatos, “I swim that I dream” or the heart rendering “Tears from the thaw”, are clear
But the series conserves a hopeful light: “Life”.
He lives the abyss, looks at it, incorporates it, describes it but does not stay nor leave us in it, just
as he did in his memorable series “Pesaj” where he approaches the most painful moments of the
passion of Christ.
The “satellite eye” of Santiago Espeche permits him to see and narrate a gelid experience, a
perturbing approximation of the objective truth of his time, from the subjective truth of his
dreams but not the one of one dream, but the sum of “ many of his dreams”.
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Tenconi Colonna,
Director of the Career of Curators and History of Art
University of the Social Museum of Argentina.