(b. 1982, Bogotá, Colombia; lives and works in New York, New York)
From Such Soil It Blooms, 2020. Collage with Japanese papers and watercolor paint, on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
New York is a city populated by dreamers. Even in our tumultuous present, these dreams are as vivid and abundant as ever. Here, a carpet of flowers symbolizes the constellations of people within the city who help each individual to realize their dreams. The shoulders we stand on are often simply those we stand shoulder to shoulder with: the dreamer is sustained by the same hopes that sustain those around her.
María Berrío is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.