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Often interweaving traditional Spanish Baroque imagery with personal subject matter, Angel Otero uses unconventional techniques to create large-scale, dynamic abstractions. Angel’s process involves painting, but he challenges painterly conventions by using “oil skins” to build up his surfaces. To create his oil skins, Angel pours oil paint on glass, then scrapes it off in sheets when it is dry. “With paint, I want to give a sense of abundance, unbalance, ambition, courage and persistence within form, color, and texture in every painting,” says Angel. Beginning with a studio visit, he invited YI writers to use the oil skins to make their own art for a project called The Skinny. For another project, And I Quote, Angel encouraged YI Writers to alter quotes and phrases that held special meanings for them using a variety of different materials such as stickers, ink, and paint.