Thank you to all who came, made art, supported and enjoyed.
Hope to do it again next year. New dates coming soon!
[photo credit: Magda Buczek and Alexis Brooke Felder]
As one of the artists, Diana Juneck, describes in her artistic statement, you encounter the four worlds: the jungle, the ocean, tourism and the pueblo. According to that, there is the vast expanse of nature on one hand and a history human intervention upon this land, from the Maya heritage, the vibrant expat community, the local families as well as the seasonal workers that gather around the pueblo.
Despite medium, artistic approach towards one’s creative process or theme of a project undertaken, one must confront each one of these four universes, overwhelmed with its sensuality and acquire the local dynamics. The climate, humidity and particularity of hurricane season impacts your body and daily routine. The proximity of the ocean and the jungle invade the act of looking at things, increasing the atavistic state of caution, activating your lizard brain. The division between resort and town raises your social awareness and brings questions.
Environment is the sixth sense, an equal author of the work produced here. It can be the foreign yet intimate unknown, like in the photographic pieces of Diana Juneck. It can become a regained homeland and inverted self-portrait in Sofia Garfias’ urban influenced works. It could be distilled, selected and synthesized as seen in the works of Alexis Brooke Felder whose assemblages are composed out of found objects, divided by color and texture onto a formal lexicon of the cultural material of paradise, privileged yet stricken by tourism. The environment can also become a scene of public intervention, fertilized with new visual vocabulary like in Michael Olivo’s murals, where street culture and zine imaginary of Olivo’s earlier works meet Mayan iconography. A landscape can become a soundscape of personal narrative just as Sarah Alden’s music composed here.
The final show of the residency shows first visual and audio symptoms of change that came for these five artists with the environment. The outcome is in progress, the change is mutual.