Alma de la Serra

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Linkages, suite of 7 inkjet prints, each 10 x 10 in. (click to view)


Linkages (2000)

The seven prints in the "Linkages" suite are intended as a fold-out book, potentially with many variations in the ordering and position of the elements. In the Linkages suite, de la Serra combines a purely topological exercise in dividing the picture plane with half and quarter circles with a play of proportions based on the Fibonacci series and the related Lucas series to derive a species of armature. Within this armature are embedded images from a variety of sources: the "Visible Human" project of the U.S. National Institute of Health, images from the Hubble Space Telescope, high-resolution images of the earth from various NASA space flights, and de la Serra's own images. While de la Serra has not yet provided a full explanation of her imagery, it is not out of place to suggest that she is looking for a way to engage social issues while still placing her point of departure in a formal idiom.