Monica Torres, 2020
Being an eco-feminist artist of Caribbean descent, Torres has been theorizing on the idea of jungle mangroves, coastal archways, and ancient cenotes. She expresses them through the symbolism of her everyday environments, meshing the two together in new and compelling ways. In her work she explores tropes of migration, diaspora, and identity. She is forming a vigorous body of work, as she has replicated over a dozen sites by hand as 3-inch sculptural models, from the magical Na Pali coast, to the sacred Cenotes of Mexico, to the mysterious Cave of Wonders of The Dominican Republic that can be worn on the body as ornamentation. Her paintings and sculptures can be put into conversation with one another as her paintings depict complex notions of water, home, migration, family, belonging, and diaspora.