The Swimmer


The Swimmer


Medium: Serigraph

Colors: 8, Hand Pulled

Paper: Coventry Rag 320 g/sm

Size: 31″ x 38″

Signed and Numbered Edition: 50

printed at Modern Multiples

date: 2016

"The Swimmer", from the series "They Fly Through the Water" by Sonia Romero

This artwork was originally designed for my public art installation "They Fly Through the Water", located at the Belvedere Aquatics Center in East Los Angeles and commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. It was fabricated in over 4000 hand-painted tiles and 13 laser cut steel figures and was installed in 2014. See more about this project at

In order to create this image, I conducted an underwater photo shoot with photographer Rafael Cardenas at a local pool in Obregon Park. I invited people from the community of East Los Angeles to pose for me underwater. I used the images from this photoshoot to create my paper cut designs, using an e-xacto knife and a piece of black paper. The piece is entitled "They Fly Through the Water", because of the freedom of movement I witnessed when watching people swim.

Now I have used this imagery to create a limited edition, signed, hand pulled serigraph/silkscreen. This print was produced at Modern Multiples.

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