Poli Marichal • Cigarrón, 2017 Linocut, watercolor and chine cole

In Puerto Rican superstition, there is the belief if a bumblebee hovers close to you, it’s probably bringing news of some sort. The short verse: “Cigarrón, cigarrón, que traes noticias, si son buenas, dímelo, si son malas, no”, is a chant to avoid bad news and bring on the good ones. The bumblebee depicted in this print is the extraordinary Augochlora buscki, found only around Yauco, Puerto Rico, where I’m from. The print also alludes to the political and economic crisis that has struck Puerto Rico. The green bumblebee is a plea for hope.

$ 175.00

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Poli Marichal (b. Ponce, Puerto Rico) is an artist, filmmaker and art educator based in Los Angeles. She has a BFA for Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She is a founding member of Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective and board member of Los Angeles Printmaking Society and Consejo Grafico and Self-Help Graphics & Art Artist Roundtable. Marichal has been recipient of several art grants from institutions such as, the Rauschenberg Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her prints, paintings, mixed media, films and videos, that often address environmental and social concerns in a internal, surreal way, have been exhibited in the US and abroad and are in many public and private collections.
Contact: www.polimarichal.com



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