Artist Statement for Beatriz Olson
I am a Cuban refugee. My family's immigration process took years. I am so grateful to be an American citizen, for my education and freedom. As a new teenager in America, painting was my escape from the feeling of otherness and not belonging. My art has also helped me grieve loss, and deal with our shared cultural angst.
I want my art, just as my work as a doctor, to help others heal, and give hope and light.
The Havana Cuba 2017 mixed media series documents the devastating decay of a once beautiful city, the resilience and resourcefulness of its people, and the farce of communist rhetoric and resulting moral damage.
Some 2018 and recent works are a meditation on my preoccupation with he Mother-Child Bond and The Immigrant's Journey. These works were also performed as a Pecha Kucha at The District in New Haven, CT. A book is available on this.
My 2019 works aim to effectively teach how we and our cells can stay younger as we age. This art was shared as a Pecha Kucha performance at the Long Wharf Theater. A book is available on this.
2020 and 2021 works are responses to the Covid 19 Pandemic and exposed inequities, emotions I had, and of the scenes and people that moved me. Virtual Sites to see these are listed here.
I am indebted to ArtSpace New Haven for the opportunities to grow as an artist, and to their Katie Jurkiewicz for making the 2021/2020 virtual galleries. Lastly I thank Eric for his unconditional love, photographic skills, and transportation my work.