An infinite look into the transitory states of regeneration.
Vimarie Serrano’s latest proposal is born from fist_ART’s initiative where Rafael Trelles’s The Forbidden Tree is its main source of inspiration. Parting from a conference, led by Trelles, whose subject was the tree as an important symbol in different cultures, a group of young Puerto Rican artists presented various proposals. Chosen among them was The Regeneration Circle by Vimarie Serrano.
The installation consists of eight specular modules, much like shining monoliths, which concentrate in a circular form in one of Dorado’s most precious and protected spots: The Pterocarpus Reserve. A circular mirror is placed on the terrain at the center and it, along with the modules, forms a type of contemporary Stonehenge. The work invokes participation by inviting the spectator to place oneself at the center. Immediately surrounded by one’s reflection, it suggests that we are at the same time recognizable and alien to ourselves. The image the mirrors reflect is immersed in the reproductions of the trees and the sky surrounding it. All of this creates a strange but peaceful sensation of true belonging with nature. Mankind’s vanity fades with its own search for other answers in its mirror image. When nobody interacts with the work and one places himself just outside of it, one can presence a dislocation of the natural elements that conform and at the same time transform, along with light, a regenerating energy.
Like many contemporary artists, Vimarie does not believe in interdisciplinary boundaries. Video, sound, installations, and photography are various mediums she uses to communicate an idea or concept. The spectator’s experience as they interact with the work are vital to her. Among the artists which Vimarie considers directly influential we may find: Joseph Beuys, with his “social sculpture”; Yoko Ono for the experimental aspect of her work and her concept of global unity; artist and architect Bernhand Leitner, with his integration of sound in three dimensions; and artist and musician Christopher Janney for his interesting exploration of the unity between music, light, and landscape inside interactive works for the public.