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The New Miasma: Olivia Cerda

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installation photo of a white and blue needlepoint, hung on a wall with a yellow envelope and a house plant winding around it

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Olivia Cerda

Title: Entre Tierras

Medium: Ceropegia woodii, plastic canvas, recycled thread, recycled paper, adhesive spray.

Size/Dimension: 7.5” x 4.5”

Year: 2020


Artist Statement:

Entre Tierras recounts a journey of a seedling between lands, highlighting the connection between humans and diasporic plant dispersal. Based on a familial experience of immigration to Canada from Chile, the Ceropegia woodii or “String of Hearts” symbolizes a memory of home, but where is home? The plant is native to southern Africa, nowhere near South America. Does this disconnect of origin hinder the relationship itself? The subject is a needlepoint canvas representing the damp paper towel that revived the sprout, with intersecting lines of thread reflecting the intricacies of this relation, embraced by the matured flora of the original plant.