She walked between two islands. She is where my parents were born, where my grandparents were born. Except for she was born in Santo Domingo. With my cheek I rest on the sandy skin of his hands. My eyes covered with plucked tobacco leaves. White sugar sprinkled in the cracks. The cracks of her skin and his skin melted together by the sun. They were buried in the white stones of Viejo San Juan. They were buried below the cheek of Spanish Royal. We were buried between two islas. Her home is not mine. Mine, not hers. My pockets filled with stones sank us to the bottom of her hands skins cracked by the hot yellow pink of his eyes, his skin melted by God’s Sun.

 

We were seperated at birth.

My twin that speaks other but I understand you. We were separated not by blood but by salt and rocks and I’ll find you one day through the plate she gave me with your name on it.

 

Ella caminaba entre dos islas. Ella es de donde mis padres son, de donde nacieron mis abuelos.

Excepto que ella nació en Santo Domingo. Con mi mejilla descanso en la arenosa piel de sus manos. Mis ojos cubiertos por  las desplumadas hojas de tabaco. Azúcar blanca rociando las grietas. Las grietas de su piel y la de él derretidas juntas por el sol.  Los enterraron en las piedras blancas del Viejo San Juan. Enterrados bajo la mejilla de la España Real. Nos enterraron entre dos islas. Su casa no es la mía. La mía no es la suya. Mis bolsillos llenos de piedras nos hundieron hasta el fondo de la piel de sus  manos agrietadas por el amarillo rosa de sus ojos, su piel derretida por el sol de Dios.

Nos separaron al nacer.

Mi gemela que habla otro pero yo te entiendo. Nos separaron no por sangre pero por la sal y las piedras y un día de estos yo te encontraré gracias al plato que ella me dio con tu nombre grabado en él.

 

Gabrielle Velez uses textile and drawing practices to probe the role of language in the formation of cultural identity. Language may manifest verbally but she believes it forms through contact with objects, geography and through her experience of making. Her work explores how material structures reflects the navigation between two places; two languages.

 

 

 

 

 

View more of her work at www.behance.net/gabriellevelez