El Antillano (Betances)
Yasmin Hernandez Art
el Antillano (Ramón Emeterio Betances), 2019
Print Reproduction of original artwork, metallic blue paint, ink, high gloss medium on black mat board
5x7 inches (unframed/ fits in 5x7inch 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. It is 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 pen name in calligraphy and framed the image with a halo of metallic blue paint. The piece is finished with a high gloss medium.
Remixes are original, mixed-media works combining prints of my previous paintings with new images, designs, text, ideas. Versus buying a simple digital print reproduction, remixes are an opportunity to collect a favorite image as a reworked, small-scale, more affordable original. Like my brother who I watched experiment with different break beat samples on turntables, I sample and experiment with previous images and new influences. Remixes are priced not necessarily by size, but by the amount of work and detail incorporated in each.
Black Backgrounds: I began working on black backgrounds in 2009 in honor of Vieques’ bioluminescent bay. Around the time of my rematriation to Puerto Rico, I started exploring spirit concepts by painting nebulas against dark backgrounds. These explorations took on new meaning after living through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their dark aftermath and now the “earthquake swarm”. I now explore different forms of Puerto Rico-inspired bioluminescence.
Artist Info: Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist who rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in 2014, where she is still based. Her work explores liberation, light and love.
All images are original artwork by Yasmin Hernandez Art. Under no circumstances should any of the images, in whole or in part, be printed, copied or reproduced without direct permission from the artist. Thank you.