La Piñata Indigeniste-2012. After performing and researching the history of the Piñata, embodying the contemporary paper mache pinata ritual on a physical level, emotional level, and imaginal level- in relation to colonization, appropriation, modernization, border crossing, mixed race identity and immigration, the work evolved to re-claim the Aztec ritual to honor Huitzilopochtli (Sun God) in community in Sebastopol, Ca. June 2012 to prepare for the ending of the Mayan Synchronometer. Together with Afia Walking Tree, Qween Hollins and Debbie Nargie Brown, we led a ceremony with the Green Valley Village intentional community. Offering a prayer for sustainability, and for the continuation of life for 52 more years. Merryl Juniper helped me sculpt and fire this beautiful vessle that I imagined an original vessle may have looked like. This one held our intentioned cups of water. On Dec. 21, we plan to have another community ritual to break it open and offer it back to the land. Our vision of a sustainable and regenerative community encompasses, cultural diversity and bio-diversity through art, education and spirituality.
El Dia de los Muertos- Oakland, Ca. 2009. 3 new paintings “Queen of Heaven and Earth” (La Virgen Azteca), “Butch Angel”, and “The sacred heart”. Acrylic on canvas.
La Diosa Emerge- This altar, was in honor of women who suffered from mental illness, suicide, or dementia. It was a response to a lot of things tied together but mostly the unraveling of the female psyche: NASA bombing the moon, my Aunti Pilar, a Catholic Nun who died with Alzheimers Disease, and the highest rates of suicide attributed to Latina girls, homosexual youth, and Asian elders. When I was researching meso-american moon goddesses, I felt that “Ix Chel” from the Maya, was the Goddess who could put “Coyolxauhqui” back together again. I have represented the weaver, the fruit-bearer, and the medicine. Her silk web was stretching above, for people to pin their beloveds names and prayers onto.
The Healing Garden- Grace Cathedral, 2010. In collaboration with Jill Togawa’s Purple Moon Dance Project