I can feel the world opening up

Kaelynne Hernandez


My abstract paintings are an attempt to understand the world differently from the way I was taught. By studying artists that portray themes of the metaphysical and the spiritual in their work, such as Hilma Af Klint, Yevgeniya Baras, and José Benitez Sánchez, I challenge my current philosophical understandings of humanity, the world, and religion. I use paper pulp, a medium that has deep origins in Mexican culture and craft, to create the surface I paint on. I'm interested in portraying themes of reproduction, creation, and similar cycles that are found in both the human body and the universe. In many religions, depictions or conversations of such motifs are taboo. Ultimately, these paintings have become a way to free myself from these cultural restrictions. It has become a way of listening to my ego again, while trying to honor my culture and myself.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.