While you dried in the sand, 2021

While you dried in the sand is an installation consisting of custom beach towels, beach sling chairs, a portable radio and sand. Inspired by the souvenir towels and other products made specifically for tourist coming to Puerto Rico, these commodities usually contain stereotypical images, designs, colors, and fonts. I appropiate this language to present recent moments that have continuously shed light on Puerto Rico’s position as a colony of the US. Referencing moments such as the passing of the Hurricane Maria, and the many protests during the summer of 2019, I use this everyday material as a tapestry of catalyst moments within the recent history of the island and its people.

While you dried in the sand, 2021

Custom print on (3) beach towels, custom prints on (2) beach sling chairs, two small towels, portable radio, sand.

Dimensions variable

Photo by John Groo


While you dried in the sand, 2021 (Detail)

Custom print on (3) beach towels, custom prints on (2) beach sling chairs, two small towels, portable radio, sand.

Dimensions variable

Photo by John Groo


While you dried in the sand (the wind took everything), 2021

Custom print on beach towel

38.5 x 77 in


While you dried in the sand (it came out of nowhere), 2021

Custom print on beach towel

38.5 x 77 in


While you dried in the sand (out of the blue), 2021

Custom print on beach towel

38.5 x 77 in