the love that remains
Suadade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one cares for and/or loves while simultaneously having positive emotions towards the future. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never be had again. (Wikipedia, 2020)
Silkscreen prints, automatic drawings, and free-writes make up this current body of work called Saudade. These are objects representative of the way my mind processes memory: with unfettered emotion, ambiguity in the details, and a latch onto singular parts rather than the whole. The prints pay homage to the comfort and foreboding nature of letting cats join the family: they are persons whose lives are terribly short. The drawings and words are automatic processes. It's a practice I've done unconsciously since I was young. It reveals to me my psyche through cathartic release and an abandonment of expectation. I recommend it to anyone grieving.
Isabella Torres is an undergraduate Studio Art major and Art History minor
in her final weeks at Goucher College. She lives in New Haven county, CT
with her family who have fostered stray cats since she was 10 (and still
continue to do so). She plans to continue pursuing a career in the arts after
graduation with a preference for commercial illustration work.