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School of Visual Arts

Remnants of a Former Life: Longing to (Re)write on Water

Leslie Sotomayor presents Restos de una Vida Anterior: Anhelo de (Re)Escribir Sobre el Agua (Remnants of a Former Life: Longing to (Re)write on Water), an exhibition showing in the Borland Building August 26 through September 6, 2013. 

The exhibition represents Sotomayor's desire to understand and connect with her family's history. She works on large-as-life canvasses, using paints, stains and common objects to create a depth to the canvas that reflects her nostalgia and interest in investigating the migratory journey of her family, from New York to Cuba and Puerto Rico to Lebanon and Syria. Relating the journey to the movement of water, Sotomayor describes her current work as "...longing, el arrastre (pull) for sources of inspiration, life and transportation to other places; the migration of identity."

"(Re)writes on Water" represents a time in Sotomayor's life that she describes as both bruising and healing. Incorporating pieces of her history, including yarn and parts of a bedspread, on the canvas, she describes the work as an open emotional wound, vulnerable and exposed, that allows her to vent and heal. 

The opening reception will be held Wednesday, September 4th from 5 to 7 pm in the Borland Gallery. 

(Text courtesy of Leslie Sotomayor)