The Lover, one of Carl Jung’s 12 primary archetypes is the impulse explored in Ardiente Paciencia (Burning Patience). Inspired by Antonio Skarmeta’s novel, each work celebrates an aspect of ardor so present in the poetry of Pablo Neruda. The emotional texture of the drawings is created with fire. Literally burning the images of the lovers and gardens within the surface of delicate papers, each couple completely cauterizes the handmade paper, emphasizing the fragility of love. The works are small, detailed by flowers, gardens, and bits of Neruda’s sonnets for his wife. They allude to the flowering of passion between couples. They are the visual equivalents of urgent whispers between lovers.