This collaborative project brought together 4 US artists, Bonnie Levinthal, Sarah McEaneney, Betsey Batchelor and myself, and 4 Cuban artists, Jacqueline Brito, Yamilys Brito, Yasbel Perez and Alicia Leal. Bonnie and I met Yamilys in 2012 at her studio in Havana, Taller Experimental Graphica. We immediately felt a connection to her, and had been thinking about doing a collaboration together. That idea turned into this international collaboration. We did not start with a theme, however early on we did come up with a title that is reflected throughout the work. Each of the 8 artists started with a piece of paper, made their “mark” and passed the paper to the next artist. Many of the artists commenting that their favorite part of the collaboration was finishing a piece. For me this was true because I found seeing all of the voices together exciting. We each had so much to say – and through the juxtapositions said it to one another, each maintaing our own voice while reflecting on those around us.
And the 8 finished pieces;
At the opening in Havana,From Left; Yamilys Brito, Jacqueline Brito, Yvonne Love, Gillian Siegfried (student), Bonnie Levinthal, Erica Lampe (student), Yilian Marie (student), Sarah McEneaney, Yasbel Perez.