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Tatiana Arocha’s rainforest landscapes are rooted in her native Colombia’s landscape, where she spent her childhood exploring on family anthropology expeditions. In Wind Spirits, Arocha reinvents a rain forest scene with Harpy eagles, the largest and most powerful raptors found in the Americas, but also an endangered species. The layered digital paintings and collages form an immersive environment exploring the duality of nature and its creatures’ strength and vulnerability, which serve as a metaphor for Earth's power and fragility.
The installation is located below one of the City’s most verdant greenspaces at Bryant Park, and Arocha has created a panorama for the lightbox exhibition. The captivating imagery is constructed from hundreds of layered images, textures, and patterns that Arocha sourced from specimens in nature and in libraries. She creates a digital archive from which she recreates the natural Colombian landscape. Her monochromatic palette references early photography and engraving, and acts as a reminder of the endangered natural world, as if its best days are in the past – while her gold elements evoke the material world, and its alluring dangers. With her large landscapes, Arocha aspires to bring nature to the forefront, reminding us of endangered ecosystems.
The work also gently references the permanent mosaic art at the station by Samm Kunce, with its own ecosystems of nature and knowledge, that extend the park above into the station environment. The impact of the new digital art provides a thought provoking pause in the daily commute for all who use the station. The transparencies of the lightbox exhibit are supplemented by two art panels installed in windows of an unused space at the station’s north end. Collectively, the work is haunting and elegiac as we ponder our environment and its future.
Tatiana Arocha is a visual artist from Bogotá, Colombia based in Brooklyn, NY. A graphic designer by training, she works in disciplines including illustration, motion graphics, live action production, curating, and public art. She is founder of Servicio Ejecutivo, an online gallery for emerging artists.
The exhibit was generously sponsored by Duggal and Kodak/alaris.
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