Starting Wednesday December 1st
Two of my signature Blue Kolams
Limited Edition Prints on art rag 300g
Will be available here on my website!
In person Open Studios are back!
1890 Bryant Street Studios welcomes you SAFELY*!
You can also have access to my on-line Open Studio HERE
(Available till October 4, 2021)
* The safety of our artists and patrons is extremely important to us!
In accordance with current guidelines from the City of San Francisco, all people ages 12 and up attending our Open Studios must provide proof of full vaccination or medical exemption to enter the building. Properly worn masks will be required at all times and we recommend that patrons and artists follow social distancing and sanitary protocols.
Let's work together to insure a safe and successful Open Studios experience!
Last year I was approached by Winter Williams Productions to create a labyrinth in their backyard. Using materials found in the neighborhood by the Oakland Hills, like bricks and slabs of different shapes, we worked over the course of 6 days flattening the yard, arranging the bricks, painting them and filling the gaps with decomposed granite.
Ariadne, in Greek mythology, daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.
But since labyrinths are unicursal paths and no-one can get lost in them, Ariadne’s thread would seem useless. But if we think metaphorically the story has a different meaning. Ariadne could be offering Theseus the challenge to enter the labyrinth and face his own fears. The thread is the path or journey through the labyrinth, in fact it’s an actual labyrinth itself.
With these ideas I decided to design a labyrinth in the shape of the thread that follows the path of the Cretan Classical 7 Circuit Labyrinth, also known as Minoan Labyrinth. To learn more about this project watch the video below:
Art for social and personal transformation
“My intricate lines and geometric patterns summon the contemplative realm where we can embrace new dreams and stories.” — Paz de la Calzada
My work has always called upon the healing power of plants and the elements to facilitate transformations. My art, infused with plant-based healing energy, invokes a liminal space where you can connect your inner source to infinite possibility.
Step into my world.
In my short behind-the-scenes video I show you the magic that inspires all of my art.
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Open Studio Sale - One Week Only
May 7 - 15
Starting on Friday May 7, 6pm. Enjoy reduced prices. Purchase online or schedule a tour of my studio.
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Happy New Year!
Do you know that the month of January is a perfect time to check with your dreams and come up with the way to manifest them? I feel the critical moments that we are living, specially with a past full whole year of profound changes, are an incentive to put our dreams into action.
With this in mind, I have created a body of work that brings together art, which is the language of the unconscious mind, and the healing power of plants. My intention is to create art that offers a transformative experience and that accompanies you in the process of projecting your values and your dreams.
Fierce Dreamer ARTEMISIA KIT
This powerful kit contains:
- A Painting on vintage Map of The Olympic National Forest. Acrylic and herbal pigments. 21" x 16"
- “Follow your Dreams” Mugwort Tincture. (artemisia douglasiana and brandy) 1oz.
- A Postcard with Invocation to Artemis 4" x 6"
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January is the perfect month to invoque Artemisia, who has a special way to touch us with her magic helping us to dream high and project our vision for this year. But Artemisia is not only one of the most revered of dreaming herbs in the western materia medica, She is also the Goddess Hunter that fights for justice casting a spell around systems of oppression, specially the ones that affect women.
These paintings are made using pigments and herbal extract from Artemisia and it features her home on Mount Olympus.
This work examines the ancient and deep relationship between plants and humans that has enabled us to harness their medicinal, aesthetic and magical benefits. Combining myth, herbalism and popular culture I create art that brings healing and an alternative form of storytelling.
Available at my STORE
This resentment free potion is the ultimate medicine to cast 2020 out and facilitate the transition to the New Year. Inspired by the ancient principles of alchemy and shadow integration work, this sweet elixir connects you with this year’s dramatic energy so you can have a complete experience and be prepared to let it go. By making friends with this dark year you’ll be able to transform the poison into potion, the shadow into the light.
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Ingredients: 20 plants collected from our diverse Bay Area Flora, with no discrimination whatsoever of their origins, including native, invasive, adapted, naturalized, domesticated and wild. (Yerbabuena, yerba santa, eucalyptus, cleavers, grindelia, nettles, oak, thyme, elderberry, sage, california poppy, california sagebrush, lavender, mint, elm bark, redwood sorrel, lemon balm, rose, california bay and rosemary). Brandy and Honey.
Novena*: Take one dropper a day for 9 days starting the day of The Great Conjunction** (Winter Solstice Day on December 21, 2020) and ending on the last Full Moon of the Year (December 29, 2020). Read the 2020 spell simultaneously. It can be used in 2021 to alleviate any remaining PTSD from 2020.
Hail Year 2020!
The year that locked us down
when we all became hermits
and hugs were not allowed
We invoke your tragic presence
your darkest fear
your apocalyptic side
You are our guide and inspiration
to be distant
and wear masks
Did you send us to confinement
to become holy and purified?
Mighty year 2020!
It is time to let you go!
We honor your tricky lessons
We know they’re an act of love
But please be fast on your departure
So that we can move on!
May we drink the poison
May we drink the potion
Cast 2020 out of this place!
Hail and Farewell!
So mote it be
* Catholic prayer that needs to be done during 9 consecutive days
** Double planet view of Jupiter and Saturn that is also known by some astronomers as the "Christmas Star"
STUDIO SALE for one week only starting next Thursday September 24 (link to online sale will be active that day). It's been a while since the last one I had in 2014! Plus I'd like to celebrate that I'll be working with Seattle's Sound Transit in a public art project for a new train station! :)
I'll have limited artworks and I anticipate some will go fast. But I have a temporary secret link for you if you are interested in a preview or a virtual studio visit. This is a great opportunity to buy my work at a great discount prices. Let me know and I'll send you the link. Look forward to hearing from you!
The Labyrinth is an ancient universal archetype that symbolizes our own unique psyche and offers a path for meditation and self-reflection.
This interactive installation highlights the powerful capacity of art-making to transform discarded banal waste into a spiritual, eco-friendly creation.
The formal procedures performed before, during, and after sporting events resemble those performed for religious purposes. This project playfully shows the connection between sports, sacred space, and ritual practice.
During this time of profound isolation, The Bucolic Labyrinth invokes a connection with nature and offers a path for transformation and healing. Now more than ever, we need projects that provide tools for social, political, and spiritual awakening, to bring forward the light from obscurity.
THE BUCOLIC LABYRINTH
A temporary public art project
Palo Alto City Hall Kings Plaza
August 11 - November 11
Opening Walk: Thursday August 13, 6pm
Materials: Artificial grass repurposed from Cubberley Community Center's soccer field, Palo Alto.
This project is being created as a response to the current Covid-19 pandemic. This incredible time we are living in isolation has inspired me to bring people together in a different way, tu use the resources we have in the community and to look into San Francisco Bay Area flora as a potential source of healing.
On April 6th I put a call for collaboration to the public. In my initial email I asked questions like :What do we need to heal? what's broken? What's this situation showing us? I encouraged the public to answer these questions and think of a plant that could help us understand what are these aspects of our psyche that need transformation and healing. I'm in the process of collecting these plants suggested by the public. Some people are harvesting plants from their backyards, from their walks on the hills, from city parks and sending them to me via regular mail. Some other people are showing me where in the city I can go and collect the plant.
Once I receive all the plants and herbs I’ll co-create an herbal recipe with intention to help us heal those disconnections or imbalances that have already become an ailment. An herbal remedy that won’t heal our bodies from any virus, germ or alien disease but heal us politically, socially and spiritually.
All participants will receive a small container with the herbal remedy.
I'll be collecting plants till the end of the lock down in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have any plant or herb that you would like to add please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This site-specific drawing is an intervention that transforms the way we experience the space in relationship to the inner landscape of our psyche. For me a mural is not just an individual action in a pre-defined surface but an inclusion of other elements, both physical and metaphorical, that contribute to change that unidirectional relationship between artist and object.
For 838M space I mapped secret herbs that grow in the urban landscape around the location, and claimed their potential to contribute with a story. For a couple of days I walked and collected hidden herbs, following a path of healing that would connect the gallery space with the surround urban flora. The plants, Mint, Mugwort and Fennel, have unique stories, from myth and healing properties to their own origins.
By mixing the paint with the herbal remedies and pigments from those plants, I created a particular blend or “potion” to infuse a sense of flow into the space.
836 Montgomery St
This project will be on view till the end of May, 2020
Learn more about this project here
The Grand Façade
The Mother of All Questions
in Crete and the creation of a labyrinth