I have spent the last six weeks engaged in a very enjoyable yet rigorous practice of art-making, reading, writing, and collaborating with fabulous peers and faculty at SAIC. I was honored to speak about Cauleen Smith at the last Saturday colloquium of the semester. I completed an installation which I am naming "It's Not About Morphology" after Hortense Spillers, but I am entertaining the name "Metaphase," as the chromosomes are in metaphase when we study them for karyotype analysis. I made small wax sculptures from which I made molds (not reflected in the work here) and investments for small metals. I learned laser engraving techniques and printing techniques. I look forward to possibly working in the foundry next year. I have new ideas for continued art-making back home, like creating a room full of 46 (23 pairs) of chromosomes in different textiles. I will continue to debunk the social construction of skin color/race by creating ceramic tiles in different skin tones (from different types of earth) to be installed on the floor and allowing viewers to crush them underfoot. I can also create ceramic tiles in patters unique to Cuba which can then be crushed underfoot to reflect the deterioration of Havana. Please stay tuned!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!