Mexico, Dec. 6 (Notimex).- While presenting here today an exhibition with his work at the Franz Mayer museum, American film director, writer and visual artist Tim Burton, known for movies such as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice”, declared himself a fan of Mexican horror films.
In the event, in which he was accompanied by media representatives, referred that even three days ago saw one of the films that marked him on his childhood. I saw “Santo vs. the Vampire Women” three times, is something that’s part of my life, I grew up watching these films, they have a particular and unique style”.
He assured that “if you watch any of these images you’ll know that is from a Mexican horror film, the English dubbing is really bad, but it´s part of the enchantment, of beauty, poetry, I was a big fan of these films and I still am”.
Abounding about the influence of Mexican culture in his life and how it entered his work, he explained “when I grew up I didn’t know much about art, I grew up on Burbank, which isn’t precisely an art capital, I didn’t go to museums, is more about the movies, my art is inspired in the movies I watched”.
The exhibition “The world of Tim Burton”, which will open to the public from December 6 to April 9, is composed of more than 400 pieces, some of them never seen, and the drawings are a showing of the context in which Burton grew up, in southern California.
A region where “the Hispanic population is a very strong community”, he said; other drawings represent his fascination for the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico and the Calaveras, to which he referred: “And I love the skulls, obviously, we all have one”.
“I really like death, the symmetry, the artistic work, this thing about death in the United States is treated in a morbid way, but in this culture (Mexican) is treated as life, with humor and personally is something I feel, I share and I love, so since I was young I had a very strong connection with this”.
The also producer and designer travelled to Mexico City to present his exhibition alongside curator Jenny He, Diego Gonzalez, director of the exhibition in Mexico, and Hector Rivero, director of the Franz Mayer museum, which includes sketches, paintings, miniatures, videos and installations that approach the broad creative process of his most known movies.
Burton said he was “very excited, thankful and happy to be here” to inaugurate the exhibition, to which the public started acquiring tickets months ago to admire the filmmaker’s art, who personally was in charge of the finishing details.
“The world of Tim Burton” in Mexico will receive the public with a series of sketches made on napkins and others of Mexican wrestlers, made by Burton between 1980 and 1989.
Although his work contradicts it, he said that he doesn’t consider himself a grand artist, but “someone who likes to draw, create, do things, make movies, whatever” with which he feels very happy, and thinks more of himself as “a reserved person”.
He took the chance to thank his colleagues, such as Jenny He, curator of the project since its beginning “and the group of people that this show presents, that ideas are shown and how a person ideates a process”.
He mentioned that the most important thing is not showing the work of a great artist, but more that “people and children come here and say wow, is amazing!; probably I can do it, these kind of inspiration is very important to me”, and mentioned that with “The world of Tim Burton” he really seeks to inspire.
Also, he spoke of his creative process and the necessary environment to invent the fantastic worlds of his movies “I need to be alone, silent, in the darkness, not in emotional darkness, but in a calm and enjoyable environment”.
About his fantastic and even scary characters, Burton acknowledged that he always “saw things and the world in a scary way”, but now, it seems, that reality is already reaching him.
Finally, he declared that his favorite characters are probably “Edward Scissorhands” or Jack “Skellington”, although he actually “loves all of them, they’re like your family, if you hate them, you have to love them”, he finished.