Historically, drawing has been linked with performance, and my latest project offers the public the possibility to playfully engage in the process of creation through performance via drawing. As an artist interested in the alchemical power of the creative process, I seek to incorporate the audience into my site-specific art practice, combining improvisation, play and interconnectedness for social transformation.
Bucolica* is a multidisciplinary art project that consists of a site- specific installation, a participatory Drawing-Performance and the creation of a medicinal tincture. This project revisits the concept of Alchemy as a tool for creation, healing and transformation, and invites the public to directly participate as co-creators. I’m interested in offering the public a revival of more spiritual strains of thinking against the cold logic of capitalism.
Using mass-produced artificial grass recycled from local gardens and parks, Bucolica questions the uses of synthetic grass as a substitute for real and sustainable local grasses, highlighting the powerful capacity of art making to transform discarded banal waste into a eco-friendly creation. It aims to raise consciousness around pollution and what is called “waste” and encourage actions that will preserve limited landfill space and save precious natural resources.
I am inviting the public to connect with our natural landscape by tasting a few drops of a tincture I made with local herbs. They will have an opportunity to learn about Herbalism and the traditions of wildcrafting, an ancient practice that acknowledges the necessity of respect and reciprocity between humans and the landscape. They can also play with pieces of synthetic grass to create a grass landscape, emphasizing the powerful combination of Drawing and Performance.
*Spanish for Bucolic: A pastoral lifestyle that lends its name to a genre of literature, art, and music that depicts such life in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences.