THE WILD SIDE
The opening reception takes place
this Saturday, June 18th from 7-9pm
The Wild One is an inspiring title. Whether to be one or act like one is a bold adventure into one's unknowingness.
My painting's title in this exhibition is Doblando la Realidad, Después de la Pandemia or Bending the Reality, After the Pandemic. This was done during those long, drawn-out days of Covid. The abysmal political climate and the imminent fires that created orange skies were not only dystopian but seemingly endless. And so, I created this surreal painting to feel transformed and transported into a better unknown. While working on a series of paintings to respond to Trump's ignorance when he was putting down Mexicans, this became part of the Chimera series.
When we put on a costume, we are transformed and transported into the unknown, unpredictable and magical instances of our undiscovered, wild, and untamed natures. Our imaginations take hold of our profound curiosities, taboos, and fears only to let them come out to play and act out. These paintings allowed my imagination to be adventurous by indulging and exaggerating what I experienced in our Mexican cultural festivities.
Our ancestors held the arts in high regard. I include various indigenous symbols from Mexico's past, turning these colorful compositions into narratives that reveal our history, myths, legends, and spiritual beliefs.
I'd like to think I am transcending time by taking us on a mystical journey. And, I wish to remind us of our ancient life practices by keeping our heritage alive on this side of the border.
California Women Celebrate the Untamed
Cynthia Brannvall, juror & Elizabeth Addison, curator
June 18-August 13, 2022
For Artists Talks & Curatorial Tours contact:
At ARC STUDIOS & GALLERY
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, Ca 94103
This important exhibition has been a tradition at The Mission Cultural Center since 1987. This show is a collection of work from Artists of all ages and career stages celebrating the importance of Women's voices in the Arts. The reception is this Thursday, and yes, I have several artworks in this show. The exhibit coordinator is Dr. Martina Ayala, and the artwork featured here was handstitched by Sandra Hevin González. This presentation couldn't take place without the fantastic assistance of volunteers.
Small note: I designed the logo and poster.
I hope to see you there with a group of talented Mujeres and various live entertainment.
In October and November of 2021, Noches Bohemias (Bohemian Nights) was a three-night celebration of Dia de Los Muertos honoring the Beat Poets with special recognition to Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Michael McClure, and ruth weiss. Dennis and I brought our North Beach community together with poetry and music in our SunnyCo Studio Gallery on 480 Francisco Street. Martina Ayala, now executive director at the Mission Cultural Center here in San Francisco, curated the traditional Nahuatl Altar that included the Alejandra Palos sculpture in the center, with my Totomoxtle (corn husk installation) in the background. I designed and created the scrolls and portrait drawings for the other two altars and organized and designed the graphics for the event. Dennis Hearne's photographs from one of Oaxaca's Dia de Los Muertos events covered one wall. Howard Munson's handmade book stood well below a brothel of calacas.