Dones d’aigua (Women in Water) by Sonia Alins Miguel

Sonia Alins likes to develop her work with two concepts: surrealism and poetry and she also adds her interest in the narrative structure. To Sonia, there’s a need to explain the world inside her. Sonia’s characters have to be full of emotion and expression, they must tell a story and capture the viewer's attention. Furthermore, the color palette is generally quite limited and in some cases it almost reaches drabness. As for the drawing, she want it to be very sharp and clean, sometimes forming very baroque compositions and, other times, minimalist and extremely simple illustrations. Usually, it is the subject of the artwork that leads her through one path or another.

The “Dones d’aigua” (women in water) series is a very thoughtful and very polished series, from the first moment of conceptualization to further implementation. An ethereal idea of ystery and the fact of experimenting with different levels of transparency. It had to be treated in a minimalist way, too. Finally, the characters in the scene are compact figures of big proportions emerging from the aquatic environment, unfamiliar and hostile for most of them, helpless and victims of fate. Each art piece becomes a powerful atmosphere full of tension, creating a surreal sense of immersion in the world of dreams and nightmares.

The piece “Into the water” completes this series. This artwork, shortlisted at the World Illustration Awards 2016, represents several men and women wandering in an aquatic environment. They are desperately seeking survival, asking for help and clinging to the idea of scaping the emptiness surrounding them. The piece consists of illustrated figures, trimmed and arranged in a three-dimensional setting that offers depth levels and allows us to obtain multiple visual combinations of transparency and superposition.