Local artist Leslie Gabaldón tackles the intangible nature of identity in her new photography exhibit, "Ink on Roses." For each work, the artist tediously penned poetry excerpts and mathematical equations onto roses in various life stages and then photographed them.
Each piece of prose is paired with a perennial that visually emulates it: A plump, fuchsia flower is imprinted with phrases from the famously erotic and romantic poet Pablo Neruda, and a decaying, single petal sits atop a mirrored reflection of itself, appropriately titled Yo y el Tiempo (Time and I).
Gabaldón's analogies are layered and provoking, exposing human fragilities, sensualities, and intimacies with each new image. "[The exhibit] is about women, love, passion, and the adversities of human relationships that shape the path of our lives," said Gabaldón. "Unsaid words, unopened letters... It's all about reading in between the lines."
Prior to exhibiting at Dot Fiftyone, the Venezuelan artist successful showcased "Ink on Roses" at Buenos Aires’ ArteBa and Bogota's Artbo, both major South American art fairs. She also served as an artist in residence at the Dominican Republic’s Altos de Chavon, an affiliate of New York's prestigious Parsons design school. Through April 20. Dot Fiftyone, 51 N.W. 36th St., Miami, 305-573-9994