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Printmakers understand the power of the multiple repetitions for them isn’t redundancy, it’s the backbone of their craft – but it is Nature, more wise than human beings, who truly understands the power of repetition.
Silent, simple, built up over centuries, tiny coral lived, died, and calcified to build the ground on which we’re standing, the very walls surrounding us. This installation pays homage, via the means of printmaking and installation of cutout printed Mylar and aluminum to the small bodies that became the building blocks of our everyday life.
Walk (or perhaps, float?) between the colonies of single and multiple coral images (inspired by the Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano extending to the Caribean Islands), and notice that the recognizable shapes of “coral” as you know it break apart and become abstract. Allow a new narrative to take shape in your mind. There is no “end” to what Nature, in aggregate, can do. Nature, ever generous, likes to keep things open to us.
With “Sistema” I choose to use beauty as a form of resistance and poetic activism. This opportunity will bring attention to the perils of more than half of the coral reefs of Puerto Rico currently threatened by a rapid urban and industrial development in the last 40 years.