Yasmin Hernandez Art
(Remix of my Soldaderas mural, 2011)
Enhanced print, Acrylic paint and ink on canvas board
Frida's Heart is a remix of Kahlo’s image from my Soldadera's mural. In this case, the green of the Mexican flag is extended into leaves and foliage. Frida's severed blood vessels from her heart, as they appear in her "las dos Fridas" painting, are also extended throughout the composition.
"Soldaderas" is a mural I painted in the Modesto Flores Community Garden in El Barrio/ East Harlem, NYC. It is a tribute to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, honoring the common work, struggle and legacies of both mujeres. Inspired by Frida Kahlo's' famous painting "Las dos Fridas," Frida and Julia sit side by side, hand in hand as a symbol of sisterhood and Mexican/ Puerto Rican solidarity. http://www.yasminhernandezart.com/soldaderas.html
Remixes are original, mixed-media works combining prints of 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.
This Land: Borikén
The image of the art with the valley is the view where I live and work in this northwestern corner of Borikén. This is where I create in land that has served as my greatest teacher.
Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist who rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in