Dos Fridas Live Installation . Burien,WA. November 5th 2017
After many attempts applying for funding through different places, Im please to announce that my crazy art project “Dos Fridas” was funded by 4Culture. This crazy idea, started over a cup of coffee with my dear friend Jennifer Bennett, laughing and talking about the influence and legacy that Frida Kahlo left us. 6 months later, our installation had a overwhelming response by community member, it brought a new element to Dia de los Muertos festival, only its 3rd in the City of Burien. Emily McLaughlin, Jennifer and myself were thrilled to be part of it.
Build bridges and not walls. Nov 2nd. 2017.
El Centro de la Raza. Seattle, WA.
I was commissioned to create a small installation to be included for the their annual DDM celebration. This was a bit of a challenge, time wise, I was only given 20 days or so to come up with an idea. I manage to make the time, because this season is always tight. “Build bridges and not walls” , an interactive installation inviting audience to vent, rant and propose new ideas of how to solve this hot topic in a political climate. The installation sat next to 20 powerful Altares from Stop Nuclear bombing, LGTB, child death prevention, Mujeres Desaparecidas to Climate changes.
Seattle Public Art Boot Camp.February 2017.
This year, after many had pass by, I’d decided to dip into the water of Public Art, with the flexibility of my job(s) where I can shuffle things around, the self initiative to learn how to write a grant, even though English is my second language and by being present of the process of learning something I been dreaming on for so long, the fear of being rejected I couldn’t bear in the past, and to pursue a commission on Public Art.
I’ ve finally being selected to just be trained on the field, I will always being thankful for this opportunity to see the Masters of Public Art in our city and fabulous Artists from all trades where new friendship begin.Thanks to the Office Arts And Culture, I have long ways to go! Baby steps baby!
NATURE UTILITY BOXES
Art in Residency Program. Lynwood, WA.
Early February 2016, Mr. Fred Wong, Community Programs in Lynwood contacted me to tell me that about this Arts in Residency Program opportunity, to work with the 5th and 6th grades from Cedar Valley Elementary school and create a piece of Public Art on utility boxes. I was thrilled to hear the news! We met with the school staff to hear their ideas and comments and came to the conclusion to have legacy for the younger kids, to beautified unnoticeable utility boxes running a 6 session program, serving 2 classrooms with a total of 72 students involved in this project, so you know how much I love this challenges! I hear that kids in general don’t have any Arts Education during school year, Im not surprise to hear that! Most of the kids are Hispanic descendent, where I identified with , for many reasons.
During my 1st session, we were supposed to go out for a Nature Walk to Wilcox park, next to school, to observe, collect and sketch trees, but sometimes mother nature isn’t in our side, this winter has been the wettest in the last 20 years, so a day before the first session, I changed plans, instead, cherry blossoms had just started to pop splashes of pink , I cant’t resist the beauty of this magnificent tree. I name our first class “Cherry Blossom Trees”. For the creation of this project, we use walnut ink, pinks, lilacs, beiges acrylic paint and a plastic straw. Even though this was a simply project, some kids had never done this technique of blowing ink through straw and the magic of creating had just sprouted. Each one of the is unique!
Through out my residency, most kids seemed excited, eager to be my helpers setting up art supplies, some of them, asked questions and comments en Espanol, De donde eres? Tienes hijos? Me gustan tus tatuajes, Estas casada? Me gusta hacer Arte, etc. To me, is always an opportunity of a short bonding, to remind them that dreams come true if you believe in it, the importance of being bilingual, the academic challenges they are into, to pursue any career of choice, and throwing funny jokes that some didnt understand.
For our next classes, I wanted to expose them to drawing Monarch Butterflies and Bees, both teachers were very helpful in the classroom to lend me the projector to guide them step by step. We use color pencils, acrylics and pastels to illustrate this project, the results… muy buenos!! once again I was blown away of how good they are!
Pianos on the Park. Auburn, WA
MOSAIC MURAL : RUN OF THE SALMON IN THE DUWAMISH RIVER
South Park, Seattle, WA. 2014
This was a 6 month project in collaboration with Concord PTA, CLC/YMCA, South Park Arts, Seattle School district, among many hours on the making.
Every week we featured different birds, animals, plants and the ecosystem around the Duwamish River. We learn the history of Industrialization and the effects that the river, the only one in the city, has caused in our community. This mural engaged and educate the children about Environmental Justice. Around the same time the South ark bridge was under construction, fragmenting, pushing apart and disrupting the economic levels of this particular neighborhood. After the approval of funding, in early 2015, to clean the river, after many years of discussion, we can now say that there is hope and progress. I’m grateful to be art of this public mural with a constant need to bring awareness in all aspects.
THE LITTLE BRIGDE
South Park, Seattle, WA.
My experience as a public Artist is been gradually getting more recognition among the artist in Seattle, I have found a niche in the South end, specially working with my community in South Park.
In 2009 I was commissioned to facilitate and design a pedestal bridge along with the youth and families of South Park known as “The little bridge ” after the closure of the South Park Bridge for new renovation.
Here is a link for more details about my very first public art “The little bridge” sponsor by Feet First, Sea Mar among other organizations. Every since the bridge has been painted by youth and community members has not been tagged and its been a safe route for kids to cross bridge to go to Concord Elementary School.