NFT of the Day: Flamingo Dreaming by Paloma Rincon

Sat 25 Sep 2021 ▪ 11h54 ▪ 5 min read — by Hugh Renolds

Today is 25th September, and here’s another part of CoinTribune’s NFT of the Day series with more not-too-trendy but deep and probably underestimated digital artworks that are fortunate enough to have taken the form of non-fungible tokens. Click here to see what NFT was featured in the previous instalment.

Tiny embers of the past

We called them “little secrets”. They were regular convex shards of glass. We’d dig a hole in the ground, and in it, we’d put a pile of the most precious treasures we had (at the time they were flower heads, bird feathers, or coloured pebbles), then sprinkled it with glass and buried it. That was our little secret.

One of my earliest memories is how I rubbed the soil with my foot to unearth something that glittered in the sun. I was in search of a piece of glass to bury the remains of the shell I’d just found under the tree. I was about three. My memories from kindergarten are also confined to individual sporadic flashbacks: how they pushed me into a car to take me to kindergarten or how I once stood in the corner during a silent hour.

When I try to recollect the events of my life up to the age of five, embers are kindled in my brain for a while; they flare up and then go out again. Like pictures in a dark gallery where someone occasionally turns the light on for a second. I’d love to draw or photograph these memories to keep them, but I can’t.

But some artists do.

Flamingo Dreaming by Paloma Rincon

Paloma Rincon is a visual artist who aptly plays with the boundaries of the physical and the abstract. She creates concepts, frames, and moving images. Her handwriting is distinct, and we can see her work in ads by Google, Ford, Coca Cola, Ikea, etc.

The NFT “Flamingo Dreaming” is one of the author’s own personal favourites and is part of the Acapulco series exploring the artist’s childhood memories.

Flamingo Dreaming is a semi-animated photograph taken in direct sunlight. It’s the kind of trick that the author does best. The bright colours immediately carry us over to hot sunny days, to states of bliss and serenity. Upon a closer look, you notice that there’s something going on with the size of the objects. For example, the cocktail umbrella, the papaya, and the flamingos are about the same size. That makes the picture look even more like a memory, where the not-so-important facts are distorted with time.

This work is also remarkable because of the choice and the feel of the materials used in it. You can gaze into the reflections in the pool and on the marbles for pretty much ever. Even the water seems to be real – you can almost feel the cool freshness of it through your screen.

Closing thoughts

Flamingo Dreaming by Paloma Rincon becomes the non-fungible token of the day. 

We loved it for its deeply personal feel, and for just how vividly Paloma managed to depict her childhood memories.

What do you think of today’s NFT? Share your thoughts on Cointribune’s social media!

Drop us a line here, and make sure to attach the links to the artworks you find interesting, as well as a few words as to why exactly you think they’re notable. We will consider all the incoming works, and if your choice resonates with ours, it will get featured in one of the upcoming instalments of NFT of the Day! 

Are you an artist? Feel free to share your creations. We’ll be ever so happy to help you get your works around. 

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Hugh Renolds

I believe in the bright future of crypto. I have been investing since 2017 and look to share my experience in, and thoughts on, crypto and the blockchain.


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