Yasmin Hernandez Art
Betances el Antillano (Ramón Emeterio Betances), 2019
Print Reproduction of original artwork and ink on black mat board
8x10 inches (unframed/ fits in 8x10 frame)
This is a print remix of my original 2018 painting of Ramón Emeterio Betances as a luminescent spirit, illuminating the Antilles with bioluminescent waters. Inspired by the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico and the legacy of Betances' life and work. Betances was a Puerto Rico-born physician, educated in Paris, where he lived most of his life due to political exile. He dedicated his work to helping patients in Paris, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean islands. He authored the 1868 Grito de Lares, designed Puerto Rico's first flag (in solidarity with the Dominican Republic where his family was also from) and was also an abolitionist. Known as "el Antillano" y "el padre de la patria," I included his name and pen name in calligraphy. The piece is finished with a high gloss medium.
I am primarily a painter who works on canvas and fabric. Working with mixed-media has also been part of my tradition where I layer painting with collage and text to build complex narratives. Remixes are what I call small, unique artworks that I create by collaging print elements of my previous paintings with new images, designs, text, etc. Versus buying a simple digital print reproduction, remixes are an opportunity to collect a favorite image as a reworked, small-scale, more affordable original. I normally do not sell my original paintings, so like my brother who I watched experiment with different break beat samples on turntables, I like exploring this practice of messing around with previous images, incorporating influences from my more recent work and experimenting with other media, messages and imagery. Remixes are priced not necessarily by size, but by the amount of work and detail I incorporated in each. A more elaborate remix will be reflected in a higher price.
Working on black backgrounds is something I began in 2009 in honor of Vieques’ bioluminescent bay and that took on new meaning after living through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their dark aftermath.
This Land: Borikén
The image of the art with the valley is the view outside my studio and where I live and work in this northwestern corner of Borikén. I include it to give a sense of the environment in which I create and of the land that has served as my greatest teacher. I also show the artwork in my hand to give you a sense of scale/ size of the image.
Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist who rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in 2014, where she is still based.
All images featured on this shop are original artwork by Yasmin Hernandez Art. Under no circumstances should any of the images or content of this shop, in whole or in part, be printed, copied or reproduced without direct permission from the artist. Thank you.