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Isla (Tierra Prometida) (work of art)

Artwork Info

Yoan Capote
Artist Details
Mixed Media
73 3/16 x 115 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.
(185.9 x 293.1 x 13 cm)


Translated Island (Promised Land), this painting is part of an ongoing series of seascapes by Capote. “The sea is an obsession for any island population,” he says.

When I was a child, I looked to the horizon and I would imagine a world beyond. The sea represents the seductiveness of these dreams, but at the same time it represents danger and isolation. The Iron Curtain, a concept from the cold War that I read about for the first time during history classes as a student, was my inspiration for this series of seascape paintings. I wanted to use thousands of fishhooks to create a surface that would be tangible to the viewer upon their approach; the close perspective recreates the tactile experience of standing in front of a metal fence. The fishhook itself is an ancient tool that has kept its design for centuries and is also a symbol of seduction and entrapment. For Cubans the seascape imposes a political and ideological limit that has been dividing families, ideas and feelings for generations; it is a mental wall between the present and the future that perpetually affects and fascinates our collective consciousness.

tags: geography, waves, ocean


  • seascape painting where the movement in the water is created with fishhooks

    Isla (Tierra Prometida) by Yoan Capote

    seascape painting where the movement in the water is created with fishhooks

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