Dos Cuerpos | Latchkey
As part of Edra Soto’s ongoing series, GRAFT, Dos Cuerpos (Two Bodies), is a collection of works on paper of fragmented compositions sourced from her decade long investigation into the origins of Rejas; ornamental iron screens ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico due to the security they provided and their ability to allow for cross ventilation. Today, theses iron rejas are not only viewed as a protection device as much as a language that pertains to the island’s visual culture. The ghostly imprints found in Dos Cuerpos suggest a sense of fragility, an absence which act as metaphors to her personal experience as she cares for her elderly mother who suffers from dementia, the numerous catastrophic hurricanes and recent laws that have accelerated settled colonialism on the island. This sense of absence, loss and removal converge on to the paper as cryptic remnants or archeological findings from the past.
Dos Cuerpos is a part of the exhibition Surrounded by Water featuring the works of Edra Soto and Emanuel Torres November 4 to December 18 at Latchkey Gallery in NYC.