Yasmin Hernandez Art
(Remix of my Soldaderas mural, 2011)
Enhanced print, Acrylic paint and ink on canvas board
Julia's Heart is a remix of the image of my muse, legendary Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, from my Soldadera's mural. In this case, the sky blue of the Puerto Rican flag extends all around to envelope her in white clouds. Her severed blood vessels, inspired by Frida's Kahlo's "las dos Fridas" painting, are also extended throughout the composition.
On July 6, 2011, I unveiled my mural "Soldaderas" in the Modesto Flores Community Garden in El Barrio/ East Harlem, NYC. The mural is a tribute to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. This date of July 6 was chosen as it is Kahlo's birthday and the anniversary of Julia de Burgos' transition. The mural honors the common work, struggles and legacies of both mujeres. The original mural (see photos), as well as this commemorative print, borrow their composition from Frida Kahlo's' famed painting "Las dos Fridas." Instead of featuring two Frida Kahlos, Frida and Julia sit side by side, hand in hand as a symbol of sisterhood and Mexican/ Puerto Rican solidarity. This is a reference to the two neighboring communities in East Harlem and to the common histories of Mexico and Puerto Rico. Following Hurricane Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico, when I was unable to communicate as I had no electricity/ phone service/ internet, images of the mural were circulated as part of Hurricane/ earthquake fundraising/ relief efforts.
Featured is an excerpt taken from Julia de Burgos' poem "Regalo de los Reyes". It speaks of honoring our flag, giving it a kiss as if it were a maternal caress. Although de Burgos wrote the poem for her own Puerto Rican flag, I include it on a shared red stripe as a message to all Puerto Ricans and Mexicans/ Chicanxs to honor our flags.
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.
(The watermark with my website/ URL that appears over the image is for on-line purposes only and does not appear on the actual artwork.)
For more information on the original mural, symbolism, significance, background on Puerto Rican/ Mexican solidarity and history, visit the Soldaderas mural's webpage at:
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.