Powerful forces deep below the surface of the earth form archipelagos, which are chains or clusters of individual islands. In her series Archipelago, artist Yolanda del Amo depicts the powerful forces between people – their conflicting needs for intimacy and connection, independence and individuality. These competing needs seem to have reached a peaceful if temporary stasis. Del Amo’s beautiful images show people who, although in the presence of another, appear surrounded on all sides not by water but by silence.
Del Amo’s work has appeared in both group and solo exhibitions in venues including the National Portrait Gallery in both London, England, and Washington, DC. She was a fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, Italy in 2010. Del Amo participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 2009.