Sarabel Santos-Negron. Installation.
Bayamon Puerto Rico
"Ir y Retornar (Going and Return) is a project for the arrangement and daily documentation of wild plants that I randomly select and isolate as an exercise of meditation and reflection in response to social distancing for the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this I seek to make a catalog/calendar of leaves, with which I keep memory of the pass of time and the change of an organism when it is separated from its natural state.
The project was started on the first day of quarantine in Puerto Rico on Monday, March 16, 2020. It consists of visiting a small yard that I have in my residence/studio in Bayamón where I collect different leaves and deposit them in tiny sealed plastic bags. The activity becomes a ritual: I wake up, I go to the yard, I search, I select, I count, I cut, I return to the place of origin and I safeguard what I found. I keep the count of the days in quarantine by the amount of leaves that I collect. This documentation is progressive and it is part of my art practice which is focused on the memory and experience of the social construction of the contemporary landscape of Puerto Rico."