Myritza Castillo, Out of Oil, Light and sound installation, 2010
In Out of Oil, a sound and light installation currently on view at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR), Myritza Castillo addresses the pressing issue of the global dependance on fossil fuels. In it, Castillo delineates with LED lights the contours of a sugarcane plantation in Puerto Rico.
The piece is housed in a dark room solely activated by a motion detector, so upon entering the room, the viewer is confronted with the imposing presence of Castillo’s glass and wood contruction. The sound that emanates from the speakers is a recording of a series of conversations on the plantation, that coupled with eerie sounds, produce quite a disconcerting environment. Additionally, the work comments how even energy efficient resources, such as sugarcane and corn, are a cause for concern as “new forms of slavery and exploitation rise again.”1
Myritza Castillo, Out of Oil, detail. Light and sound installation, 2010
Myritza Castillo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a BA in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and then earned an MA in Video and Photography from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She has shown her works in various group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, USA, South America, and Europe. She was one of the 10 finalists in the Lights of America contest held by National Geograpic en Español, August 2005 edition.
1 Exhibition catalogue
Images and video provided by Myritza Castillo
- Myritza Castillo
- When a Painting Moves… Something Must be Rotten at the MAPR
- Human Geography at the MAPR