Zulynette : How to Spell

September 14 – October 30, 2020

The Great Room Gallery | Gallery Hours: Make a reservation
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven


SPELL noun

1 a: a spoken word or form of words held to have magic power
b: a state of enchantment
2: a strong compelling influence or attraction

This show speaks to a cycle of identity reclamation. The cycle consists of challenging the stories fed to us – who we are, where we’re going, what we ought to be, a metaphorical death of a past identity, and a growing into a new form of being. The paintings chosen for this show capture moments in time of taking back and defining my identities – my queerness, the person I wanted to evolve into, the parts of me that are gloriously unladylike. These pieces – all my pieces – serve as a challenge to what queer and/or Puerto Rican art can look like. It is a confirmation that everything created by me is, ultimately, femme, Puerto Rican, and queer. They are spells for reclamation, spells for accepting the death of our old selves and shedding it to grow into our new selves, and spells for coming back home – which, to me, is a return to creating.


Opening Virtual Tour | Monday, September 14 @ 4:00p – Facebook & Instagram live

Artist Talk : Zulynette | Monday, September 14 @ 6:00p – FacebookYouTube live

Take the Virtual Tour | YouTube



Zulynette Casts Her Spell Over Orange Street by Lucy Gellman (Arts Paper)

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About the Artist


A Chicago native who was raised in Hartford, CT., Zulynette is a multi-hyphenate queer, Puerto Rican, womanist, Social Worker who uses art and poetry as her transformation tools. Year-round you can find Zulynette facilitating workshops, creating spells also known as paintings, performing poetry, and producing storytelling events such as her annual show A Little Bit of Death. Recognized as the first Hartford Iron Poet champion and a 100 Women of Color honoree, she has centered her work around the themes of activism, healing, and a reclamation of our narratives. You can find out more about her and her work at www.zulynette.com