I took notes during the trip to India; I made larger watercolor paintings at Palette, artists' residency in Vagamon, Kochi.
The materials are watercolors paint, inks and paper
March 2017, 30"x34"
watercolor and ink on paper
Torched and Scorched, 2015
Torched and Scorched, 2015
Burnt and Burnished, 2012
Tornadoes, hurricanes, and high temperatures are some of the punches of the violent relation that we have developed with our landscape. Busto's installation at Ventana uses materials from "the burning forest phenomenon"; trees reduced to charcoal, fired and baked clay remnants with an added a sound element (a radio dial turns and tunes to the sounds of farm animals).
Burnt and Burnished
Since the fall of 2001 paralympic athletes have been a major focus on my work. I have observed the situation of disabled athletes in the sports arena and have worked on this project using differnt medias including DVD, drawin mixed with photography, documentary photos, animation, a proposal for an advertising campaign, and an idea for the interactive performance. In my opinion, the Paralympic and Olympic games should be united into one game. At the moment , there are two different games which have separate ceremonies, medals and prized. Paralympic athletes are as determined as competitive and outstandin in sports as able bodies athletes, so i say, lets there be only one game.
As a project, I have been following professional and amateur boxers in the USA over the last three years. In the States, where it has the maximum audience and where the biggest fights are sponsored, this spectacle-sport is a strange business.
My thinking about the sports of boxing has developed as I have been working with it. The look of boxer's hands and faces became my inspiration to continue to learn more about boxing. I found that boxers make boxing a sport about which there sometimes can be passion. There is also the phyperbole and the dreams which are mixed with the experience of seeing and knowing about which somethimes can be a passion there is also the hyperboles and the dreams which are mixed with the experience of seeing and knowing about fighting. Then, i am reminded that the story of every boxer seems to always en with defeat because, in the end, the fight too long in a wold in which they have litle power. The boxing world is a spider's web and in this web the boxer is often trapped. Ata other times, one can feel that some have shaped events.
The Punch & Verse
The Punch and Verse / Artists: Ana Busto in collaboration with Mark Bucheri, Joan Sole-Adillon
“The Puch and Verse” is a ten minute multimedia performance that
integrates oral poetry by Allen Ginsberg, a boxer’s training
session, and images of bombs and bombing. In the beginning of this
performance Ginsberg’s voice is heard. Then a boxer’s blows trigger
projections of the lines of Ginsberg’s poem “Hum Bom!” onto the
walls. In fractions of a second, images of bombs and bombing appear
Ginsberg’s poem is an example of how poetry can punch. “Hum Bom!”
is a poem with short strokes, like head lines using a play on words.
When read, the poem lasts for the duration of a single boxing round.
In the same way that Ginsberg works with the phonetics of language,
every famous trainer has developed a way to combine different punches
during a round. Like trainers, politicians and military leaders draw
plans for bombing and then the bombs are released rhythmically, in a
sequence, like a combination of punches. The media’s role in
interpreting acts of warfare influences the way the public thinks of
warfare. Headlines depict death in numbers, training the public to
dehumanize victims of violence.
Every component of this performance is about violence. The words
are violent, the physical gestures are violent, and the combined
sounds of the hits are violent. In our world today, violence is on
everyone’s mind - “Who do we bomb?” like Ginsberg says. Boxing is a
violent art and boxers are figures who embody collective anger.
Ginsberg’s poem expresses the violent chaos of bombing. In this
performance these three components interact with one another and
mirror how we live today.
Performers: Santana, boxer; Martín Gonzalez trainer & Allan Ginsberg’s voice
Company: Affiche:107 Roebling St. Brooklyn, New York 11211