puertorriqueña en Florida

Where was I and what am I doing next?

It has been more than 4 months since I have written words in this space. I have travel to Ecuador, Panamá, Turkey and back home to Puerto Rico. I saw a lot of color and I have much to paint inspired by it. I cant wait to show you photos of my travels and my creative process.

But for now, I will tell you about an art show I will be part of. Is called Pink Moon, a gallery showcase of Lakeland Women Artists & Musicians o April 19th! I will be showcasing my art piece “Diosas”.

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“Diosas”, Mix Media on Canvas.

A piece about the force of womanhood.  Every culture I know, had or has her powerful diosas.  One that is very special to me, from my dear Borikén, is Atabey, the supreme goddess of the Tainos.  She is the female entity who represents the Earth Spirit and the Spirit of all horizontal water, lakes, streams, the sea, and the marine tides.

In South America, the natives adored their Pachamama, known as the earth/time mother. In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains.  Believe me, I felt her force when I visited Ecuador. 

When I traveled to Turkey, I discovered Cybele, (KYBELE) the ancient Phrygian Mother of the Gods, a primal nature goddess worshipped with orgiastic rites in the mountains of central and western Anatolia.

What they all have in common? The force of Womanhood. 

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Come and see this piece in person. Join us at Artficat Studios for a night of art, live music, live art creation, local vendors, beer/wine, food, & an interactive FULL MOON RITUAL!  all possible because of Lakeland Woman Collective . DATE: April 19th, 6-9 PM, ADMISSION: $10, LOCATION: ARTifact Studios - 820 N. Massachusetts Avenue .

See you there!!!

Missing Puerto Rico

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This couple of days I've been homesick, wishing I was back in my island of Puerto Rico, with all the people I love, with Caribbean Sea touching my feet and the breeze of the mountains caressing my curls.  A recent study says the true number of deaths is beyond what was expected and could range from nearly 800 to close to 8,500 people, the researchers’ calculations showed.  The midpoint of that statistical window is the widely reported figure of 4,645 deaths.  This is very far away for the 64 deaths reported by the government of Puerto Rico.

Foto by  Mariángel  Catalina via Meca  Art Fair

Foto by Mariángel Catalina via Meca Art Fair

There was a demonstration and installation at the front of El Capitolio in Sn Juan, reflecting those number and deaths.  It was powerful and sad.  So many questions and emotions of sadness and frustration. 

Let us not forget them and continue to fight for Puerto Rico.