Iron screens became ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico due to the security they provided and their ability to allow for cross ventilation. Spanish design elements added character. Today, theses iron fences are not only viewed as a protection device as much as a language that pertains to the island’s visual culture. Graft alludes to the aesthetic, decorative and nostalgic qualities of these iron fences by transplanting a similar fence in front of Terrain’s facade.
Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. In 1995 Soto received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been feature in New American Paintings and her show at Ebersmoore was selected one of the Best Solo Exhibitions of 2010 in NewCity Art of Chicago. Soto has lectured at El Museo de Puerto Rico, Harold Washington College and The Art Institute of Chicago among others.
Locally, she has exhibited at Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, Ebersmoore, New Capital and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago among others. Recent artist residencies include Ragdale’s newly renovated Meadow, with a grant from the 3Arts Foundation and Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Recent presentations include: Archival Impulse at UIC Gallery 400 and Afterimage satellite exhibitions at the Roger Brown Study Collection and at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts curated by Dahlia Tulet and Thea Liberty Nichols. She is currently participating in The Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center, with a grant from The Joyce Foundation. Along with her husband, Dan Sullivan, Soto also operates The Franklin, an artist run space located in their home’s backyard in Chicago. This project has been funded by Northeastern Illinois University, 3AP of 3Arts Foundation and the Propeller Fund.