Diego Acevedo Llosa (Ceasius Kakius)
Dance to Your Own Rhythm
2015, Sydney, Manly Beach, between Spring and Summer
Mat board and Perspex glass; paint, water colours, acrylic, ink, and LED lights.
Playful and powerful, this artwork inspires everyone to live a life of authenticity. Every human being grows up in an environment where they are told they should be, or ought to be. We receive a myriad of these impressions from our family, friends, and community—and our education system, the media, and government. As such, we are naturally compelled to conform to their expectations, losing sight of the fact that we are the artists of our lives. That we are empowered to dance to our own rhythm.
The ramifications for dancing to your own rhythm often invites challenge, ridicule, and in some severe cases, violent opposition. And often, from people closest and dearest to you. However, the ramifications for denying your heart’s calling to dance to your own rhythm can be more severe—leading to chronic feelings of emptiness, and even depression. These are symptoms of trying to serve everyone but yourself.
The truth that resides in us all wants to be expressed. How that is expressed is unique for everyone. For some, it is in the arts. For others, it is in commercial ventures. It could even be raising a family. When you align yourself with your centre, it invites great joy, play, and ease in life. When you are out of alignment, life often invites challenging experiences to get you back on path.
This artwork’s philosophy is expressed in its innovative use of visual forms, technology, architecture, and his distinct caricatures from Kuluskuntranus. Combined with marine elements, this piece is also an expression of the artist’s love for the ocean, and the experience of flow in life. The use of Perspex glass, and matte paper sitting behind it, creates a 3D effect—and gives the impression that the elements are “floating.”
The ammonite forms (spiral shaped shells) are lit by LED lights that spiral towards the centres—adorned by an array of inked hearts. For the viewer, these components are naturally hypnotic, inviting viewers to spiral towards the truth that resides in their hearts. When switched on, these LED lights start flash blue, and are in sync. However, as they transition to other colours (green and red), the colours start to dance out of sync, and to their own beat.
The bright colours and forms in the piece, give a lighter, more relaxed feel to the piece. At first, even chaotic. Just as a child may appear to be when they are playing. However, when viewed in the dark with the LED lights switched on—the viewer can see the hidden order that brings balance to the piece. So no matter how challenging or chaotic life can be, look for the lights that will help you find your centre. They are always there, simplifying and illuminating the path.
Looking at the caricatures in the piece, you will notice they do not collide, and are given seemingly random, yet distinct spaces. This coexistence reminds us that we can all be in harmony while dancing to our own rhtymn. We don’t have to agree with how someone lives. We don’t have to live someone else’s life. But we can respect the choices they have made, and are making. And more importantly, respect our unique way of living too.
*Words crafted by Jon Low, in collaboration with artist Diego Acevedo Llosa