an exhibition by Sheila Goloborotko
December 5th – 27th, 2019
Sistema, designed as a 3,000 square-foot site-specific installation for the Museum Atarazanas, in Veracruz, Mexico, June 2016 has been exhibited in multiple venues in the 2018-19 season. This large-scale installation has been peer reviewed and selected to be exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; Jacksonville International Airport, FL; and at the Opalka Gallery in Albany, NJ. In addition, Sistema was selected to be permanently installed at the newly built Baptist | MD Anderson treatment center in Jacksonville, FL.
Sistema is an act of resistance. Created to denounce the existing threat of the Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano (Veracruz Coral Reef System) this artwork condemns and demands the public’s actions and protection of our natural surroundings. Developed to address a local environmental debate, Sistema with its numerous iterations, became part of a broader dialogue that incorporates the horrific ecocide and perilous state of our oceans. As I continue to install this piece, I witness this and other massive environmental disasters and choose to use beauty as a form of resistance and poetic activism.
Printmakers understand the power of the multiple repetitions for them isn’t redundancy, it’s the backbone of their craft – but it is Nature, more wise than human beings, who truly understands the power of repetition. Silent, simple, built up over centuries, tiny coral lived, died, and calcified to build the ground on which we’re standing, the very walls surrounding us. This installation pays homage, via the means of printmaking and installation of cutout printed Mylar and aluminum to the small bodies that became the building blocks of our every day life. Walk (or perhaps, float?) between the colonies of single and multiple coral images (inspired by the Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano), and notice that the recognizable shapes of “coral” as you know it break apart and become abstract. That’s good. Allow a new narrative to take shape in your mind. There is no “end” to what Nature, in aggregate, can do. Nature, ever generous, likes to keep things open to us.
For more information about the artist, please visit their website: goloborotko.com