1,800 Pounds of Sugar Cane
50 Gallons of Water
4 Giant Inner Tubes wrapped in Burlap & Rope
Continuous Sound Loop of
In search of memories of my family’s past, “Perdida” was the result of an exploration of my Cuban heritage. When entering the installation one is forced to walk on top of the freshly-cut sugar cane that has been carefully sewed together with twine. It feels sturdy yet instable, and as you cross over into this space you become aware of your own footsteps, emphasizing the thought of a passage. And as you look into the center of the inner tubes you realize that they are containing water, contradicting their usual function as floatation devises.
Hundreds of images and documents are submerged in the water. Family photographs, diplomas, letters, and advertisements are just a few of the types of items you will find here. These precious memories have been discarded as if they no longer have any importance. You are invited to submerge your own hands into the water and fish out the memories the same way I had to. The sound of water is continuously heard adding an eerie feeling to the piece. Symbolically water is the distance between the place with these memories and where I stand. Yet these memories have sadly been washed away, and those lives and that place- no longer exist.