I could definitely affirm that I always had a clear tendency to abstraction.
My first artworks were mostly constructive; I tried to get to the interior of the objects. In that way, unintentionally and gradually I got to abstraction.
While working I felt the inner necessity to find "my own shape".It would be the reflection of my spirit and personality.
Accidentally, this led me to abstraction.
Little by little, the desire to investigate in order to find theoretical answers to my inquiries, increased. At the same time this allowed me to think my painting out and, consequently, increase my expressive possibilities in my artwork as well.
Being still too young; I knew some of Emilio Pettoruti´s paintings and I felt immediately identified with them; it was as if I could get the reflection of my inner self projected against a mirror: There was something magic behind its light that seemed to be rhythmically articulating his paintings.
Later, I knew Wassily Kandinsky´s paintings, and with them, the huge potential expressiveness of color and line. His compositions made me feel happy and I tried to reflect that deep sensation to my artworks: My palette was enlightened and my artworks in shades of brown were transformed into vibrating colors; which I had never attempted to use.
At the same time that my palette was modified, I had the sensation of being able to enjoy intensely each of the paintings I gazed.
I read some of his writings too, and realized that the image that used to captivate me was the result of a deep thought with which I felt absolutely identified.
Also I felt astounded for having discovered that his own thoughts had transcended shapes and originated in my interior, new emotions.
(From Thesis preface : Garbo, Gabriela,"La introducción de la abstracción en el arte plástico argentino a través de Xul Solar y Emilio Pettoruti")