Yasmin Hernandez Art
"La Transmutación del Alma" Remix, 2019
Collaged print, metallic paint, ink on black mat board
5 x 7 (Fits into 5 x 7 frame)
Remix of my 2016 artwork "La Transmutación del Alma" featuring my hero Pedro Albizu Campos and his wife Laura Meneses. Known as the father of Puerto Rican Nationalism, Albizu met his love, Laura, at Harvard University where the two studied. She was from Peru. This image is a digital montage of the two of them with other images of their family, juxtaposed with images of a red and blue nebula and of his actual handwritten letters to his daughters in 1936 from la Princesa Prison where he was being held as a political prisoner. The title comes from a quote in one of the letters:
Que misterio encierra el agua que Dios la escogió como elemento para la transmutación del alma?
(What mystery does water hold that God would choose it as the element for the transmutation of the soul?)
This concept also relates to my art series, Más Allá de la Luna (Beyond the Moon) which explores Puerto Rican freedom fighter ancestors as spirits within nebulas. The nebulas are red and blue in reference to the Puerto Rican flag and to the elements of water, hydrogen and oxygen. It also connects to Juan Antonio Corretjer's poem "Boricua en la Luna." For this remix I wrote the above quote in white ink and enhanced the print with an extended nebula of metallic blue and red paint.
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.