The convergence of the global health, social, environmental and financial crises in 2020 compelled Castro to stillness. He decided, early on in the chaos of that year, to honor the unpredictability by leaning into it—surrendering to whatever emotions came—with the hope that by fully feeling them they would be processed and eventually pass.
This creative meditation revealed the perfect analogy for the dynamic times we are living through. Humanity has entered a metaphorical chrysalis. This period of great change is causing systems to break down and potentially be reconstituted—reborn. In the stillness of his garden, affectionately known as the “Urban Meadow”, Jose Angel communed with nature, felt the presence of his Garifuna ancestry, and (unintentionally) began a new body of work, Chrysaline.
For Jose Angel, witnessing a microcosmic process affirmed a Universal truth. Spending hours, days, months witnessing every aspect of this system brought clarity to other systems of the natural world. Butterfly lays egg. Egg hatches to caterpillar. Caterpillar retreats to chrysalis. Chrysalis ecloses into butterfly. Butterfly gradually expands and takes flight to begin the cycle again– a perfect parallel to what humanity was experiencing both collectively and individually.
By bringing together this eclectic mix work in a single event, Jose Angel hopes to welcome his audience to an intimate glimpse into his vantage point during a very challenging time for all of us. Chrysaline is an invitation to stillness, to observation, and to awakening. It will beckon attendees to introspection and transformation.