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.


carolyn castaño

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I'm a Colombian-American visual artist whose practice focuses on painting, drawing, and video. My most recent bodies of work - Other Feminist Histories (La Sala de Nati), Mujeres Que Crean (Women Who Create), Paradise (Paraiso) and Physiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America: After Humboldt & Berg - are all encounters with themes and images originating in Latin and Central America, with a particular emphasis on how gender and ecological concerns play out in regional conflicts, narco-trafficking, and post-colonial struggle. These drawings and paintings mix materiality with content in pieces that consider how the Latin American body and the Latin American landscape remain inextricably linked, even as their surrounding media and political contexts are increasingly virtualized, digitized and globalized. - Carolyn Castaño