“I’m really interested in the way that a lot of this imagery was maybe originally used in more of a religious context,” Zornoza tells me. “I like the idea of there being these mysteries that are untouchable for us, that we can have little glimpses of, that are inspirational or create a little bit of hope, because of this view of there being something outside ourselves. I do have a really specific worldview, and is maybe a little complicated. But I feel like when there is this allusion to these mysteries, it is a hopeful and joyful thing.

“I think that a lot of people — I’m maybe thinking from the standpoint of my mother, for example — who have seen my work might think that it’s really sort of dark, maybe a little nihilistic, negative. I definitely have that aesthetic sense, but ultimately for me I’m not trying to be really nihilistic about it, it’s actually trying to touch on something that’s maybe a little more hopeful.”  

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