“Cada Cabesa Es Un Mundo,” a phrase often used by one of Diego’s Uncles in the Dominican Republic, is offered as a framing for the sculptures in this exhibition. Concerned with the lineage and evolution of Spanish Caribbean mask-making and culture, Diego Espaillat seeks to insert himself into the often-changing art form by working through the forms in his personal fashion.
The mask-making histories are relatively new, still evolving, and grow out of a mix of traditions, including Spanish Catholic holidays and Yoruba spirituality. In creating these pieces, Diego uses the laborious traditional paper mache process, reframed through his own creative style. These masks are not made to be worn, they are instead sculptural objects. By committing himself to the specific lineage of this metamorphic art form as a diasporic member of Dominican culture, Diego adds his lived experience to this unfolding tradition and explores his own identity through process.
The ceramic pieces in the exhibition are situated in the long tradition of earthenware and recognizing that Spanish-American-Caribbean culture remains connected to its pre-Colombian roots. Again, Diego seeks to develop novel understandings of tradition by engaging with form, process, and history from a personal perspective.
Diego Espaillat, born in 1994 graduated from Lyme Academy College in 2017. He currently lives and works in New York City. Diego is a sculptor whose work is inspired by objects and activities that collide between the Caribbean & New York.
Gallery Dates: May 14 – 16
Saturday, May 15, 3 – 6 pm
At the Windmill Community Garden
Friday, May 14, 5 – 8 pm
Sat & Sunday, May 15 & 16, 1 – 6pm
Artist Talk via zoom
Wednesday, May 19, 7 pm EST
Join Flux Factory Artist-in-Residence Diego Espaillat for the culminating exhibition of his Residency.