Valley of Sun 2019

In The Valley of the Sun, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic works on paper combine landscape and geometric abstraction to reimagine what progress and modernity might look like in another Latin America. Named in honor of Sogamoso, Colombia--"City of the Sun" to the Muisca, one of Colombia's indigenous peoples. The Valley of the Sun uses a speculative visual vocabulary to envision what regions threatened by extractive capitalism might look like under different, more equitable conditions. Rather than a literal depiction of an alternate Sogamoso, In The Valley of the Sun is a visual tone poem where modernist pattern-making, landscape painting, and traditional textile patterns combine to yield new possibilities.


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In Mujeres Que Crean (Women Who Create)
video, installation

In Mujeres Que Crean (Women Who Create), lightboxes and watercolor drawings depict Mujeres Que Crean members and clients re-enacting poses and gestures culled from historical artworks. An accompanying video sets these women against drawn tropical landscapes inspired by 18th-century botanical illustrations of the Magdalena River Valley. Both elements explore the role of women as mothers, sisters, and children of the armed-conflict, their human stories of loss and resilience underscored by the decline of the fragile ecologies surrounding the rural towns and villages they fled. 

Functioning simultaneously as a theatrical backdrop for Mujeres Que Crean (Women Who Create), and as an independent textile work, Paradise (Paraiso) is a large-scale, digitally-printed curtain depicting an original painting of the Magdalena River Valley. It links domestic space and notions of home with the theater of war where the ongoing battle over Colombia's natural resources is being fought.

The Earth; The Starting Point
Preface (p. 3)
No visiting angel, or explorer from another planet, could have guessed that this bland orb teemed with vermin, with world-mastering, self-torturing, incipiently angelic beasts.