UN ABRAZO: THE ARTIST STATEMENT
While painting this mural, many thoughts went through my heart and mind.
As I paint, being present and focusing, almost meditating on each vertical line and how each line is alike, but different, unique. Unique like people, the self, soul and spirit.
As we move, walk about, we are vertical. A walk is a series of repeated movements. A walk in a straight line. Vertically we are awake, horizontally, we rest.
I thought about the viewer, who will see this and what may run through their minds. What might they think of, a serape, a blanket or see only a series of linear connected colors? Might they see it as a blanket that could metaphorically cover them, maybe as a wrapping presence?
As an artist and one who has studied and looked at many works of art, I am one who has a deep engagement with art history. I looked at the stripe in art history and the many artists who utilize the stripe in their works, like Gene Davis, the color field painter who saw and felt a repeated stripe as related to music.
I questioned, how is this connecting to and how I can be sensitive to this architectural space. This site, distant past and current.
I looked at a multitude of historic Native American blankets. I wanted to give respect to the Indigenous peoples who were here first. Striving to embrace cultural references and to honor my Indigenous past along with painting a piece that speaks to the present as well as displays a future. Create a work of art that is respected by not only the native peoples but respected by all.
A mural is a wall with a tongue, it speaks to one and all. It is a gift to the community.
I hope, as one walks in and sees the mural, that they are welcomed by the embrace of what this gift is being offered.