by Frances Gallardo
The constant flux of living between two islands, San Juan and New York, has deeply influenced my work and the way I understand and react to landscape, nature and surroundings. As I moved from one coordinate to the next I focused my attention on representations of the land I had just departed from. What affected, changed or moved it? Filters such as newscast, scientific data, photography and satellite imagery arrived in waves that triggered new relationships. I wondered how these immediate ‘clicks’ layered the way I perceived landscape; how these representations continuously shaped or reconfigured my impressions of it’s surfaces and grooves; and, if it would be possible to make sense or remove them from their digital format for them to feel closer, personal and meaningful in conjunction to recollections of my experiences in these spaces.
The series of works proposed for Grupo < > 's website: Progreso I (2008), Cynthia (2012) and Landings (lift off) (2016), pin meaningful moments where gaze, sense of agency and access affected approaches toward materials, context and space (works were produced in San Juan, New York City and Upstate New York, respectively).
October, 10, 2016
Ithaca, New York