The Embrace / l’Étreinte / 懷抱

The Embrace

By Ana Urquilla, Visual Artist, El Salvador

In his drawings The Embrace, from the series Dirty Dirty Love, Reuben Negrón allows his public to enter into one of the most private of realms, a couple’s intimacy. He bares his images naked of any superfluous detail, so that we can focus entirely on the hypnotizing silence of two bodies meeting. We are transformed into the voyeuristic eye that cannot help but stare and be amazed by how this couple craves to become one. Yet, we stay put in this space, not because we seek for some sort of free sexual gratification, but because we find pleasure in another’s ability to share themselves so openly and completely. Sex moves beyond being a simple act of intercourse and becomes a possibility to feel and know one another, to hold one’s partner as if the love was so profound it could consume. In this discovery, sex loses all its scandalous implications and transforms, in the mind of the spectator, into an act of pure love. Negrón is able to capture the magic of this moment so convincingly that he engraves the images in our subconscious and makes us question if we are so lucky to have what the couple portrayed shares.


The Embrace I, 30 x 22 inches, 2007

The Embrace II, 30 x 22 inches, 2008

The Embrace III, 30 x 22 inches, 2008

The Embrace IV, 30 x 22 inches, 2009

The Embrace V, 30 x 22 inches, 2009

The Embrace VI, 30 x 22 inches, 2009

The Embrace VII, 30 x 22 inches, 2009

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