Devin Osorio, Aprender Del Caer, 2021; Limited Edition Print
Devin Osorio combines painting and textiles to create magical realist compositions of Washington Heights, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan celebrated for its large Dominican-American population. The artist—inspired by folklore, artisanal crafts, storytelling, and ethnographic studies of the Caribbeans and Latin America—instills personal memories into fables and narratives that are both dissected and imagined. Motivated by a desire to document the Dominican diasporic experience, his works are intended to become future artifacts that can convey the story of his community.
Featuring a figure suspended from a branch of a tropical fruit tree, Aprender Del Caer was inspired by a conversation that Osorio once had with a South African shaman, who told him, “I’ve always felt bad for kids that grow up in big cities because there are no trees. When you grow up around trees, you learn to climb them and, more importantly, how to fall off of them. You learn that the scariest part of falling off the trees is the idea of falling.” Painted during a time of personal transition for the artist, the work symbolizes a meditative reflection on fear and risk-taking. For ART FOR CHANGE, the artist has additionally hand-embellished a limited number of prints with embroidery and acrylic paint.
Osorio notes, “As a first-generation Dominican-American, gender non-conforming individual from Washington Heights, I have personally endured the violence, fear, and loneliness that is often experienced within the queer community. My community, chosen family, and I are forever grateful to organizations such as the Destination Tomorrow because, with their help, we are able to live unimaginable and at times, unprecedented lives. Every morning I start my day by listing off the things I’m grateful for, and in this list is always a community center or organization that has helped create the person I am now.”
ART FOR CHANGE will donate a portion of proceeds to the International Rescue Committee in support of humanitarian aid in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Syria and Turkey for the duration of 5 Years: An Art For Change Survey on view through March 25, 2023. As in all series, the artist will receive 50% of the net proceeds of print sales
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