For many years now we were sure that art and science were poles apart, two categories belonging to two different tree branches. Is not until recently when artists and scientists all around the world have reclaimed that, probably, art and science are different branches but from the same tree and thereby they are complimentary. This is the only way to comprehend the artistic work of Sarabel Santos Negrón, a Puerto Rican artist that started her early studies at the Central School of Visual Arts and that presently holds a bachelor in painting with a degree in history of art from the University of Puerto Rico, besides a master in art with specialization in museology from Caribbean University at Bayamón. As Sarabel herself highlights, her work ranges between the figuration and abstraction of nature and the human shape; thus resulting in an artistic work with profound scientific connotations.
After two conversations with Sarabel and a visit to her exposition at the Arsenal Museum in la Puntilla, Old San Juan, fascinating conclusions arise, not just on Sarabel's work but about the art of painting in general. Art, whose complexity sometimes seemed to be the accomplishment of total liberty from its creator, can hide a very structured implementation process. Moreover, is evident that the artistic product sometimes is reached breaking through diverse scientific realms such as mathematics, biology, and even psychology.
About Sarabel Santos highlights a deep passion for nature that dates back from her childhood. She grew up in the countryside and lived there until her youth where she herself express that discovered "to contemplate the sunsets, listen to the trees, and to feel hugged by nature". Today, part of her work arises from the investigation of many natural systems and its complexity. Dendrology for instance, which is the branch of botanic to study trees and bushes, has inspired some of the most important work of Sarabel. "This particular interest in the morphologic and anatomical changes of nature lead to develop a visual discourse where the graphic medium intertwines with the plastic surface", says Sarabel at the time she contemplates El Abrazo (The Hug) painted in charcoal on canvas and exhibited at the Arsenal Museum in Old San Juan.