Title: Washed Over – Lithographic Stone as a Vessel of Resilience and Metaphor
Portfolio to be presented at the 2020 SGCI Conference Puertografico in San Juan - Postponed due to the Covid19 International Pandemic
Puerto Rico’s long history of natural and imposed devastation has shaped its geography and impressive culture of resilience. Thinking about the “Island as Vessel” that the world descended on, and methodologies of making relating to cultural or geographic histories, this land of Biorken (land of gold and great lords) suggests many connexions through metaphor to the processes, histories and function of lithography. The islands erosion through these forces finds direct correspondence to a stone continually absorbing only to be levelled and open to absorb anew. Centuries of inhabitant’s have relied on collective memory to persist and have relied on the Terrior to hold memory- to re-establish, record or recreate presence echoed in the impressions taken to and from stone in lithography.
For this themed folio and exhibition I invite works made using the flexibility and resilience of lithographic means as primary medium. Works should address the processes as metaphor, linking ideas of Puerto Rico as a place between worlds, between continents, between the forces that have and continue to wash over and shape the island and it’s people and our perception. The hurricanes that regularly washing over the island level the surface and the cultures resilience to rebuild is impressive. This rich history is cumulative and erosive.
For this portfolio and exhibition artists will utilize the medium and the many metaphors like memory, response, retrieval, reconstruction to arrive at dynamic image ideas that probe this history. All approaches were encouraged.