At the very last minute, I ended up joining the ISP Sketchers project for another round. Initially, I didn’t think my new life as a M.O.T. (mother of twins) would allow me any free time to make art, but my system was hungry for it and while my daughters’ were napping, I was getting creative.
J and I teamed up for this project. Our group consisted of five people. Each person receives their own sketchbook. This book gets passed around to each member of the group and the participants are given three weeks to create a piece. Some required that you work with a specific theme and others were free choice.
J and I decided that I would produce the art work and then he would create a story for the pictures. In order to keep the ideas pure and authentic, we didn’t discuss the art work or the stories together, until we both completed our parts. So as soon as the art was completed, the book fell into his hands and he plunged his ideas into the computer.
As I started tearing up pieces of paper and layering them on, the work magically began to unfold. What surprised me the most was the storyline J came up with and how María Fernanda grew to become the protagonist of our art. It was never my intention.
I am thrilled that somehow with our new lifestyle, we got the opportunity to create and share this new character.
Here are the five pieces we developed for this round:
There is life happening behind the blurry window. María Fernanda can hear it. A blue bird wakes her up with the message that the queen flower of the spring, that inhabits her lower body, is starting to fade. The colors and magnetic properties of this flower will be transferred to the flowers of the senses, bringing a sort of renaissance to María Fernanda’s life. Soon she will be taking the stages again, dancing behind red, white or pink curtains in the most reputed theaters of Mexico.
María Fernanda grew up in a violent time. The revolution did not mean much to a kid but purple became the wallpaper of her living experiences. “Purple is the color of our men’s blood mixed with our women’s tears” Villa used to say. She closed her eyes to the suffering and continued dancing. Alone in front of the mirror, any time of the day was perfect: 8,6, 3, 5, 9, 6. Her faith and stubbornness pushed her forward. She knew that her chances were as thin as a thread, but that thread was the only way of reaching the stars and the light bulbs of 100 stages, and the only way life was worth living in this bitter world.
Her fleeting heart like a comet that crashed into him on a sunset of reds.
Jan fleeting comet heart crash red sunset Neruda
Paul red comet fleeting heart sunset crash Verlaine
Neftalí comet crash fleeting sunset red heart Reyes
María Fernanda got tired of the city. The park was supposed to be nature and Mulberry St. felt like Rome. “Oh gashh” she said looking through the glass at the rainy streets, ” I will eat my next portion of fettuccine in Italia. Even if I have to swim there!” She took off all her clothes and put them in a closet. Some passengers were initially surprised to see a naked lady on a luxury ship, but after some days they got used to it and were able to appreciate her for whom she really was. Italy was dark and she fell. She got hurt. A silver pin in her stomach to carry around. María Fernanda drove south, looking for warmer lands with the orange smell of home. She knew that she had arrived to the place when she saw a skirt she loved. It had been hard spending such a long time undressed. Some people can be quite rude when you walk around naked and sincere.
It is cold again. María Fernanda reflects with her eyes lost in the depths of the arabica darkness. “Dirty water! This is no coffee!” Back in the city, the week has been exhausting and awakening. So many layers of life taking place at once. Last night, on the train coming back from the studio, she had seen Ana, an old friend from her hometown of Córdoba. “Here you are now,” she had said, “dance until you forget your name, until you don’t know who you were anymore, and wake up. You are here.”