Joseph Géigel | La Llorona
Acrylic on Canvas
18" x 18"
La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) examines the tale of the ghost of a woman that drowned her children and, filled with regret and guilt, drowns herself as well. Her spirit wanders around, as she cannot rest in peace without her children. In her search for closure, she tries to find her children, but they are long gone, and she can only find other children… and she takes them. She leaves a wake of death, sorrow, and hopelessness.
The painting shows a ghostly presence staring into a house and a sign reads “Dios bendiga este hogar” (God bless this home). The house is decorated with plants and, on the wall, a painting with the name of Fuego Bajo Luna.
Joseph Géigel is a 28-year-old visual artist born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since childhood, he has been interested in cartography and maps as visual art objects. Driven by this passion, Joseph decided to study geography. In 2016, after completing undergraduate studies in Puerto Rico, he left the island to continue graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated in 2018 and found a job that allowed him to create maps, but the repetitive nature of working in an office sparked an interest in exploring other creative activities. However, as it often happens, plans were delayed and his curiosity for visual arts was put aside as he needed to handle other obligations. Suddenly, in 2019, Joseph’s life was impacted by heart surgery needed to repair a congenital defect. Facing the fears and anxieties brought by such event, he understood that there could be meaning in art, and that he needed to make the exploration of that passion a top priority.
Since 2019, he has taken several art classes at the North Seattle College and is working with charcoal and acrylics as media. His artwork approaches a range of topics such as: music, nature, mystery, politics, and more.