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p Vista 6: Reach, 2014 Acrylic paint, nail polish, resin, horticultural charcoal, tulle, construction foam, plaster and graphite on synthetic paper. Approximately 28” by 22” ll Vista 7.2: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t (To Haiti With Love), 2015 Nail polish, acrylic paint, resin, reflective paper, polyester mesh, horticultural charcoal, construction foam, molded plastic forms and synthetic paper 7” by 10” by 5” VISTAS In 2012 I was awarded an Art Matters grant to visit the La Brea Pitch Lake in my country of origin, Trinidad. I was researching the possible influences on this ever present and persistent ooze. My experience at the La Brea Pitch Lake has reinforced my ongoing meditation on a radiant permeability. I think of this permeability through painting and installation. Vistas are momentary glimpse experiences. There is a feeling of impermanence, of possible shift, change or impending disappearance, illusive physicality that may actually be imagined and ephemeral. Vistas could be windows to the past, the future or even moments in the present that cannot be specified. n vista • a mental view of a succession of remembered or anticipated events: vistas of freedom seemed to open ahead of him.