The topic of my senior capstone project is Puerto Rico. I am Puerto Rican so this was a way for me to take advantage of learning more about my homeland. By doing this project I hope to learn more about my lineage. This project will helped me improve my research skills, and by the end of this project, I hope to learned a lot. I got to interview and meet a lot of people, one of which was a hairstylist who upon arrival to Puerto Rico, after the Hurricane Maria, found out her father had passed - in which she is pictured. I learned about the culture and the highly catholic population, in which people always had faith in unity. For this project I created multiple art pieces 5 of my favorite are attached, each corresponding stories for art piece for each piece created, creating a double portfolio. During this project I collaborated with clubs in Science Leadership Academy (SLA) to coordinate, drives for Puerto Rico, as well as doing some on my own in collaboration with the first Spanish Baptist Church of Philadelphia, during the hurricane recovery after hurricane season. I also, used Latino club as an outlet to interview students. The people of Puerto Rico were beyond grateful for things such as canned food, and paper towel. In some places, people didn’t have water and food for weeks and were left to eat dogs and cats. I have gained a new appreciation for Puerto Rico as a whole, their unity inspired me beyond words.
Santiago, Roberto, editor. “Boricuas: Influential Writings - An Anthology” . First ed., 'A One World Book' by The Ballantine Publishing Group, September 1995. Print.
This anthology of puerto rican writing helped me put into perspective what I wanted to exemplify in part of my capstone. Taking different writings and then having an artist create a small art piece was one of the key component of something, that I did in a similar manner with taking interviews and stories and turning them into art pieces. Also, the anthology of writings gave me an idea to do an anthology of art along with my personal gallery inspired from gallery
Silva, Daniella. "Trump Defends Throwing Paper Towels to Hurricane Survivors in Puerto Rico." NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal News Group, 08 Oct. 2017. Web. 27 Jan. 2018.
I know that usually the news isn’t the best source of information, but for my project I also wanted to portray how current events are affecting puerto rico and how politicians think of or respect Puerto Rico. This puts into perspective a different lense than what I would normally see, and gave me another idea for an art piece. (j.b.)
Benítez, Marimar. “Neurotic Imperatives: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico.” Art Journal, vol. 57, no. 4, 1998, pp. 75–85. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/777929.
Looking at contemporary art gives a new style of art for me to explore. This displays very boxy picasso like inspired art pieces with a traditional spin, as well as art work that was composed of many lines.
FELICIANO, HÉCTOR, and Francisca González Arias. “The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, or, the Reconstitution of a History of Art.” Remix: Changing Conversations in Museums of the Americas, edited by Selma Holo and Mari-Tere Álvarez, 1st ed., University of California Press, 2016, pp. 34–37. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt19rmbt3.10.
Viewing a historical standpoint this is very important because its about the first museum dedicated to Puerto Rico. The subject with-in itself opens the world up to history that was kind of left behind for a while. I think this museum is something to consider because what happens to the Puerto Rican artist, work today and it leads me to asking myself how to make sure people will have access to art made today, tomorrow?
Ward, Sarah Laleman. “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Story of the Hunter College Collection of Puerto Rican Graphic Arts.” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, vol. 34, no. 2, 2015, pp. 204–222. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/683381.
Including around 150 art pieces between 1954 and 1985, This book gives me a really good view of art development and changes and techniques. It even helped me view the changing architecture through art, which looked very similar to that of what my Great grandmother illustrates of la Isla.