When I was planning a trip to Puerto Rico to visit my friend Loaya and make a mural in San Juan, I remember Ralph Serrano telling me I had to go to Arecibo next time I was going to be in PR to work with the Arecibo 500 project.
He put in in contact with Fernando, the person that has been coordinating over 300 murals since the early 2000.
Lately they have been focused in the possible opening of a waste incinerator in the beautiful delta of the river that endangers even more species than they already have endangered in the island.
As a nature lover I researched some of the over 150 species in danger, and decided to go with the Cotorra Puertorriqueña or Iguaca, as the tainos used to call it. It's been about to disappear since the 1940's and the fumes of the incinerator would not be helpful for it's recovery.
With this mural I represent the fumes and pollution we create, nature silently watching our actions, dying, while a framed parrot emerges like a photo ready for a tombstone. This is part of the series "Nature is Watching" on an effort to spread the word on how bad we are treating nature.
In a few days my artwork Third Eye will be auctioned during the ArtBridge 6th Annual Spring Art Auction. The proceeds will benefit Arbridge's programs to support artists and transform public space. Since last year I've been working with them on a couple of projects for the beautification of the South Bronx.
If you are thinking of acquiring some artwork from NYC talented early-career artists this is your chance!
Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Get your tickets!
Mixed media mounted on wood panel
This triptych is part of the series "Nature is Watching You". My purpose is to make people reflect on how we treat Nature and subsequently the planet. We have to be more conscious of our acts and their consequences. I have been painting EyeFlowers for a couple of years. Nature, Ecology, Sustainability are very important to me, but we live in a world of consumerism and materialism where we forget to take care of our planet. I was raised in a conscious household. We didn't waste energy, we recycled and upcycled almost everything. U.S.A has a different mentality where everything is used and thrown away. I would like to change that, even if it's one person at a time.
Laura Alvarez is a
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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