Aida Blue by Txema Yeste for Numéro Magazine, November 2017
Posted Nov 09, 2017
Aida Blue walks on water with a feather in hand by Txema Yeste for Numéro Magazine, 11/2017. Time transforms our darkest of hours, turning shades of none into colors of aplomb. Tipping my head back and there I see reflections of life waiting to be free. Anguishing in the shadows of time, Aida lays flat over the curved of lines. An expression that reflects pure intentions. I am Human… I am One… I am Spirit from the Sun. I am Silent… I am Strong… I am Right… I am Wrong. I am Happy… I am Sad… I’m am Good when all is Bad. I am Here… I am There for Those Whom Exist in Dwellings of Despair.
Yeste’s current travels have taken us to the furthest reaches of the imagination, in an artful display of Beauty Becoming. Bending the will of the world around her, Aida pushes past the limits of time and space. I see this story as a celebration of the female spirit. This isn’t about a willful display, rather, it’s a defining moment of clarity. A declaration of Woman Rising. Where women have found their inner strength and are willing to own it. Standing on top of the sea she lets her hands go and the Dove Flies Free. A significant statement on our fight for what’s right. It is only by securing her own freedom that she can fly. Each image is about a connection to our planet and the forces that surround.
Basking in the glory of good, Bernat Buscato uses dynamic designs to send a message of strength. Each image is a spectacle of style with an array of couture fit for a queen. Art and excess meet in the middle, exploring the humble side of existence while still portraying a passion for fashion. Buscato explores the unity of plenty with looks that levitate. An eclectic vision of extreme combines wares that have no business being together. However, when put on the same page, they compliment rather than compete. A varied blend of garments break the barriers of commonality. Trading from cool wool to seductive silk, sheer fabrics come in the form of translucent lace and semi-transparent chiffon. Standing over the sea, she conveys the spirit of the Dove with a dress draped like wings of wonder.
In the poetry of pageantry I am swept away by the mastery of this display. Through his work we view a woman cut in two. Dismantled and dismayed, we can see the bones by which she lays. Victor Alvarez has a moment of pure genius, where upon it is transferred in real time. Drawn to the past half her face is covered in an indigenous (like) masque. Sitting straight in perfect posture, a white overlay sits on one side of the skin, as lashes and lines are drawn on top creating a primitive effect. Her features pay tribute to a time gone by, simultaneously forming a connection to her ancestors. So here we stand on the edge of ourselves waiting to become. This is a story of the Female Rising.
Laurent Philippon uses asymmetrical lines to build a combination of coiffure. Every image ignites the creative soul, every visual lifts you to a higher place. Her hair is cut in a blunt, pageboy style, as Aida sits on a little block of wood with a dove quietly posed atop her knee. A powerful picture. Yeste’s ability to conjure up images that both relate and inspire, is where his genius lives. To be drawn, pen to page, immediately upon seeing his work is remarkable. And it never fails. For years now I have been touched by his unwavering ability to go beyond the norm. The single feather, with which she holds in various forms throughout the story, bares the sacred power of free speech. “The symbolic meaning of feathers deals with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom.”
Floating just above the sea level the connection is clear. The ocean by which she stands tall is the place she will never fall. With her arms spread far out she isn’t making a statement on the state of religion, rather, I see this as a sacrifice of self indulgence. In an attempt to get to higher land, her arms extend in winged flight, opening herself up to this world and beyond. Appearing as if she’s walking on water, the connection is clear. Bound by the earth drawn to the sky Blue opens her arms and is ready to fly. A beautiful sentiment… shots portray the Dove as Pure Love. Doves provide a poetic posture of purity, peace & eternal love. Unbound by the Chains that Bind Aida Blue Becomes the Bird.