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About Sarabel

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Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 1984 Sarabel Santos-Negrón is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work is informed by the experience and memory of the social-environmental and political-economic aspects reflected in the landscape of the Island of Puerto Rico. Using drawing and its expanded field as a starting point, she explores ways of referring to social values, natural resources, organic forms and atmospheric phenomena pertinent to her... more

False Nature

False Nature is series of works in which I explore the natural world from a biological, botanical and ecological approach. My interest lies in evoking nature, not only from its composition or physical appearance, but also by its molecular and chemical structure. In addition, part of this project is based on a collaborative practice. Since last year until recent months I have been integrating plastic (polyethylene or plastic bags) that I have been collecting in the community where I live in Bayamon City, Puerto Rico and in Baltimore City, Maryland. Using polyethylene as an integral part of the work responds to my concerns about pollution and the excess production of this material which affects our environment. The result are drawings that refer to the natural world. The synthetic material is invading and intervening the drawings as a metaphor for pollution in which we are immersed and adapted. It is a false, synthetic and toxic nature.

  • Evergreen

    Evergreen, 2016 Evergreen is a site specific progressive project of false nature which I did collecting plastic bags in Baltimore City, Maryland. I explore how nature is perceived in urban spaces, considering its growth and form. I’m interested in pollution and how nature is affected by that. In this case, using plastic is a direct way to talk about my environmental concerns. Evergreen is a term used to describe something will always be green and joyful, but also in marketing refers to the content that never expires, that always will be there (like plastic).
  • Evergreen

    Evergreen, 2016 Evergreen is a site specific progressive project of false nature which I did collecting plastic bags in Baltimore City, Maryland. I explore how nature is perceived in urban spaces, considering its growth and form. I’m interested in pollution and how nature is affected by that. In this case, using plastic is a direct way to talk about my environmental concerns. Evergreen is a term used to describe something will always be green and joyful, but also in marketing refers to the content that never expires, that always will be there (like plastic).
  • Evergreen

    Evergreen, 2016 Evergreen is a site specific progressive project of false nature which I did collecting plastic bags in Baltimore City, Maryland. I explore how nature is perceived in urban spaces, considering its growth and form. I’m interested in pollution and how nature is affected by that. In this case, using plastic is a direct way to talk about my environmental concerns. Evergreen is a term used to describe something will always be green and joyful, but also in marketing refers to the content that never expires, that always will be there (like plastic).
  • Evergreen

    Evergreen, 2016 Evergreen is a site specific progressive project of false nature which I did collecting plastic bags in Baltimore City, Maryland. I explore how nature is perceived in urban spaces, considering its growth and form. I’m interested in pollution and how nature is affected by that. In this case, using plastic is a direct way to talk about my environmental concerns. Evergreen is a term used to describe something will always be green and joyful, but also in marketing refers to the content that never expires, that always will be there (like plastic).
  • Caribbean Coral, 2016

    Caribbean Coral, 2016 Drawing with mixed media and polyethylene 17 ½" x 30 ¼” x 4"
  • ​Waste Wave, 2015-2016

    Waste Wave, 2016 Drawing with mixed media on paper 18 ½” x 23 ½” x 7 ½”
  • ​Stone Circum, 2016

    Stone Circum, 2016 Drawing with mixed media and polyethylene 23” x 26 ½”
  • Aqualina, 2016

    Aqualina (2016) Drawing with mixed media and polyethylene on paper 26” x 36” x 5"

Accidental Landscapes

The Accidental Landscapes are a series of landscapes constructed from impressions of real landscapes that have been affected or transformed by the hand of the man, industrialization, urbanism and pollution of green areas, river basins or coastal zones in Puerto Rico.

The works titled Effluvium I (2017) and Efluvio(a) (2018) are sites specifics installations made with plastic bags collected. The pieces are developed in response to the study of the shape of the channel, history and transformation of the Bayamon River and its overflow in the past in Puerto Rico.

The work titled Ínsula: island, isolated house, place of little importance seeks to depict the affliction, reality, and the isolation of the social landscape of the Island of Puerto Rico. The work was made through drawings and collage of photographs based on ground surfaces and debris found in different places on the island. These are presented in a composition that takes as reference semiotics and symbols. The work is presented together with the sound piece Paradise for Sale in which I combine government propaganda, advertisements, and comments from people in the community, music and sounds from the environment.

The Accidental Landscapes are a series of landscapes built from impressions of real landscapes that have been affected or transformed by the hand of man, industrialization, urbanism and pollution of green areas, river basins or coastal areas of Puerto Rico. The works titled Effluvium I (2017) and Effluvio (a) (2018) are specific facilities for the site made with plastic bags collected. The pieces are developed in response to the study of the shape of the channel, history and transformation of the Bayamon River and its overflow in the past in Puerto Rico.

Groundscapes Displaced

Groundscapes (2017-2018) is a reflection on the experience of the landscape and the place where I'm standing or stranded. This refers to a locations, social situations, circumstances and events or incidents faced in particular places. It is a look at the ground where we walk, with which we have daily contact and from where the reality of the inhabited territory is contemplated. It is not a landscape at a distance, but an extension of a landscape of the here and now. This is an ongoing project.

The photographs of this stage of the work were taken in the towns of Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Morovis and Bayamón after the devastation of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico.

Surfaces Demarcations

Surfaces Demarcations respond to the interest of exploring the identity and characteristics of the soil’s reliefs to preserve the superficial memory of the contemporary landscape. Part of this series was made at the Artist House Residency, in St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

A Place to Be

"A place to be: idealization of the Puerto Rican landscape" is informed by my awareness of the local collective memory and the political-economic, exploitative or commercial aspects reflected in the landscape of my native island of Puerto Rico. My work explores the idealization and marketing of the Puerto Rican landscape contrasted with the social and environmental situations I experience daily. It is created with found materials that already contain a meaning in the current context of the Island facing the financial crisis and the ravages of Hurricane María.

Sarabel's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.