'Colores en el mar' is based on two poems written by a young Carlos Pellicer in his 20's, written between 1915 and 1920, compiled in a book of the same name, where Pellicer describes beaches in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba, and as he recites: 'Sonorous beaches of the Atlantic and superb beaches of the Pacific'.
In the poems he describes what his eyes saw, the movement of the waves, the sound of the wind, the ephemerality of the coming and going of the tide and the foam that remains as a vestige.
The sea, which is not a physical aspect of the world, but a spiritual way, has the main elements to surrender to it, and for many it becomes a memory that is treasured, 'The first time I saw the sea ...' usually is the start of stories that are told with joy.
With two very diverse poems, the piece invites the viewer to read them in sequence, to live them from beginning to end and in this way bring back those memories of standing in front of the immensity of the ocean, the smell of salt, the color of the sky and the water, how the sand feels underfoot.
The colors of each piece are the result of an exercise in which the artist reads the phrase and closes his eyes, and tries to imagine and translate those words in color.
Two recurring themes in Ascencio Fuentes's pieces are color and memory, where the visual evokes thoughts of the past, memories of days already lived, which he defines as ‘Chromatic Memories’.