I discussed the symbol as a serpent in my most recent work with Deliasofia Zacarias and Casie Lomeli of Unfiltered SA. Please read to learn more about the significance of serpent energy in my healing process.
I enjoyed discussing my solo exhibition, Digging with J.D. Elizondo and Raquel Reyes of the San Antonio Public Library Podcast, Tuned In. Listen here to learn more about the meaning behind my most recent work:
In July and August of this year, I had a solo exhibition at the San Antonio Public Library Central Gallery. The exhibition included a series of self-portraits and a site specific installation that recognized the serpent as a symbol of rebirth.
cactus, marble chips, lava rock, wheat, coffee beans, flowers
It was a pleasure participating in a group show at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in June of this year. The exhibition was entitled Intersectionality of Inquiry and was curated by Sarah Castillo. Buffet dimensions variable dyed tablecloths, napkins, pins, vinyl, recycled plastic, cardboard, wire, antique buffet, wooden bowls, tablecloth, cotton fabric strips, LED candles, jars, pencils 2019
We shudder at its silhouette, its dark song, its work. However, the vulture is an agent for purification. It rids our landscape of carrion and destroys deadly bacteria within its digestive system. As the vulture consumes, it cleanses.
In the same way a carcass can harbor disease, the human body can harbor stress. This installation invited visitors to release that stress by participating in a symbolic exchange with the vulture:
Take a fabric strip and write down something you would like removed from your life (negativity, a toxic thought, a traumatic memory, etc.). Offer the fabric strip to the vulture by placing it in a bowl. Let go. Breathe. Let your problem nourish the vulture and then walk away unburdened.