Artist: Mischa Estrada
Venue: Shakti Vinyasa Yoga / 2238 NW Market St
Opening: February 16th 5pm - 9pm
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1257553794291680/
Showing: February 16th - March 15th
I was born in Santa Monica, CA. Many weekends we spent time at our cousins in Malibu or up in Topanga Canyon hills. When I was 7 yrs old we moved onto a farm in Snohomish, WA and had a powerful experience with Nature. My mother lived on a farm when she was a child and I really believe she wanted that natural experience for us. It had a huge impact on me. How I connected with and related to nature throughout my life was definitely nourished from this time. We moved to Bellevue when I was 10 and from then on I lived in the “civilized” world. I also lived overseas in London, England for 8 years from which I traveled extensively to places I dreamt about for years. After London I was based in Miami for 3 years and was exposed to an intense aspect of weather and Nature’s true force. Travel is an important part of my life. Interacting with people from different cultures and locations around the world has impacted greatly how I see the world and that translates into my art.
For the last 5 years I have been collecting bits of nature from around the world. While I was collecting it I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I squirreled it away for the one day I would be inspired. That day came May of 2014. You see, I always believed that Nature is in me. That I am a part of Nature. Whenever an aspect of nature caught my eye, an overwhelming impulse to collect it came over me. I had to stop whatever I was doing and get down on my hands and knees to gently harvest Nature’s offering to me. It wasn’t until much later I reflect on why was I so attracted to that Eucalyptus pod, or that helicopter wing of a maple seed circling through the air, or the delicate twigs I collected from outside a little Cuban coffee shack. One day in May I was in the woods by Greenlake and this idea came to me to create universal symbols using the bits of nature I’d harvested. This inspiration came with such clarity and force that I credit Nature as having whispered it into the ears of my spirit. It was powerful. Itfelt divine.
With each painting I began with the symbol. I chose metallic gold and/or silver as it felt regal, that which should adorn a Queen. Then I moved onto the canvas and felt inspired to have the base of each painting feel vital, like a POP of energy. Whether it be a subtle nurturing of the Robin’s Egg blue or the shocking energy of the Sunburst orange, all colors were hand mixed to create a specific vibe to anchor the symbol. From there I created a circle collage of images, either ripped or delicately cut to provide further inspiration to seat the symbol into. The Circle of Life is undeniable. It’s the Alpha and the Omega. Denotes the beginning and the end. We are born, we live a span of years and we die. Just as the leaves on the trees. The process is a humbling one as well as undeniable. It cannot be escaped. The power of life is contained within this embrace. To me that makes the circle a sacred symbol. If we as a race, regardless of ancestry, stand side by side looking into the center of one large circle, each person is neither in front of or behind the other. We are all intrinsically EQUAL. And it’s through this equality that I believe these symbols become relevant.
*The artist will be in attendance for the event.
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