ARTIST & VIDEO STATEMENT

The content and subject matter of my art practice emanates from nature. I explore the ecological, biological and botanical notions that are of my interest through field studies, expeditions or scientific research as part of the practice. The work is constructed with mixed media like graphite, colored pencils, charcoals, soft pastels, inks, acrylics, industrial and founded materials on canvas, paper and other surfaces. This responds to the narrative that is being presented. The application of the materials become an active participant of the aesthetic discourse. Throughout the implementation of the materials I pursue the movement, strength and contrast captured in Puerto Rico’s nature and in the Caribbean’s landscape. The monochromatic and sometimes the absence of colors carries the load of my expressive being. With it, I give emphasis in what I am interested to project related to social and environmental aspects.

The work highlights the organic forms that match investigations and observations of what is not often looked at closely. I want the viewers be confronted with these works, and in their quest to define or identify forms and meanings, they can also observe aspects of nature in its physical or molecular form but in the actual and contemporary context.

Video Statement of the Puerto Rican artist Sarabel Santos-Negrón. Director of Photography: Carlos Zayas; Editor: Christian Zengotita Copyright © 2016 All rights reserved.

False Nature is a series of works in which I explore the natural world from a biological, botanical and ecological approach. My interest lies in evoking nature, not only from its composition or physical appearance, but also by its molecular and chemical structure. In addition, part of this project is based on a collaborative practice. I have been integrating plastic (polyethylene or plastic bags) that I collected in the community where I live in Bayamon City, Puerto Rico and in Baltimore City, Maryland. Using polyethylene as an integral part of the work responds to my concerns about pollution and the excess production of this material which affects our environment. The result are drawings that refer to the natural world. The synthetic material is invading and intervening the drawings as a metaphor for pollution in which we are immersed and adapted. It is a false, synthetic and toxic nature.