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.
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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.
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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
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Botanica “La Mirada”, a research based project developed during my art residency at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada, combines traditional herbalism, social critique and personal cartography.
Inspired in the syncretic folk medicine and spiritual traditions of Spanish and Indian cultures, this art project offers an alternative way of looking at issues of colonization, power dynamics and cultural assimilation.
Having the city of Monterey as the background, I embarked on a pilgrimage to map gardens from the Spanish and Mexican period, incorporating native, invasive and naturalized plants into herbal remedies that will be shared with the public.
This project is informed not only by historic data, but it also incorporates myths and legends that shaped the history of Monterey, from its past forms of colonialism to the present ones.
DISCLAIMER: The medicines in this project are all made with natural ingredients grown in Monterey, California. They carry all the healing properties attributed by ancestral knowledge. However, they don’t intend to offer any solution to current health care problems but a playful
way to reclaim herbalism as a form of institutional critique and resistance towards our capitalistic culture.
Monterey Museum of Art
September 6 - December 11
Opening Reception and First Friday Art Walk
September 6, 5-8pm
Closing Reception and First Friday Art Walk
December 6, 5-8pm
Bucolica is a multidisciplinary art project that consists of a site - specific installation, a participatory Drawing-Performance and the creation of a 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.
Inspired by the Renaissance Bucolic* genre, the hand cut astroturf pieces feature the Monterey Cypress, a traditional, romanticized and exaggerated example of the local landscape. The leaves and needles of this tree will be used to make a tincture. This plant base extract is available for the public to taste, connecting them with wildcrafting, an ancient practice that acknowledges the necessity of respect and reciprocity between humans and the landscape.
Using mass-produced artificial grass recycled from a local park, Bucolica questions the uses of plastic 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 playful 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.
Bucolica Apothecary - Artist in Residence
Parallel to my exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art, I'll be an Artist-In-Residence at the MMA La Mirada during the month of September.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. In pagan and popular traditions around the world, the use of herbs is linked to ritual practice. With the rise of new age spirituality in a skeptical world, we are overwhelmed by the revival of potions, remedies, amulets and spells with the desire of feeling more connected with the natural world.
I grew up in a part of Spain where popular culture associated certain plants with specific purposes, specially around pagan celebrations like Solstice or Samhain. This special interest in medicinal plants has taken me to participate a few times at the Northern California Herbal Symposium since I came to California in 2004. I am aware of the healing power of plants and also the role that traditionally they have played in ritual practice.
Through my residency at La Mirada, I’d like to explore the relationship between plants, ritual practices and this new global culture. I plan to do a research first about te healing properties of the plants that grow in the garden and other urban areas. Using the New Age metaphysical format I will use La Mirada as a platform where I will be able to research, experiment and create customize recipes, elixirs, and incorporate them into daily rituals. This work will be site-specific, meaning that it will be inspired by the stories of Monterey Bay and it’s people.
The art residency will culminate with a ritual/celebration around the Fall Equinox on September 22 with the participation of the local community.
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.
1890 Bryant Studios Exhibition
The Mother of All Questions
in Crete and the creation of a labyrinth