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DECLARACIÓN DE LA ARTISTA

Sin saberlo y muy intuitivamente, el arte ha sido una parte de mí.  Era mi forma de expresar muchas veces lo que no era capaz de decir con palabras.  Era una forma  de mostrarle a los demás como veía yo el mundo, no sólo con mis ojos sino con mi alma.  Una forma de conectarme a mí misma.

Digo que tuve un aprendizaje intuitivo  porque me expresaba muy diferente a como los demás a mi alrededor lo hacían Mi mamá fue una gran profesora, tiene también una gran pasión por el arte, por conocer diferentes medios, me introdujo a la acuarela, al pastel, al dibujo, a la ilustración de cuentos que yo misma escribía, al acrílico y a la encáustica.   Era viajar a mundos diferentes, su mantra era dejar fluir, encontrar lo que yo era y disfrutar haciéndolo.

Llegó el momento de escoger profesión, y aunque el arte siempre hizo parte de mi, quería tener retos, quería probarme a mi misma que podía hacer cosas que nadie se imaginó que yo pudiera hacer y triunfar haciéndolo.  Escogí ser abogada, porque sentía que desde esa profesión podía ayudar a los demás puesto que toda la vida me he considerado afortunada, pues a pesar de haber nacido con una condición en los ojos, nunca me trataron como si eso fuera un problema, una limitante o una excusa; bendecida porque tuve a mi alcance herramientas que efectivamente hacían que esas limitaciones no existieran. Después de especializarme y ejercer, me di cuenta que uno puede ayudar de otras maneras, por medio de fundaciones, o simplemente siendo un buen ejemplo para los demás y ayudando a las personas que necesiten apoyo en diferentes ámbitos en su vida.  El arte estaba dormido durante varios años, o mas bien expresado de otras formas como desarrollando proyectos en fundaciones, y la cocina, montaje y construcción de un restaurante con tienda gourmet.  Luego se me presentó la oportunidad de conocer el mundo y formar una familia así que se me abrieron nuevos horizontes en un país lleno de cultura, sabor y fuego.  Nutrí mi creatividad con ilustración de moda, fashion consulting (aprender a conocerse uno mismo guiar a los demás para que puedan expresar lo que sienten  por medio de la ropa), design thinking e historia del arte y su relación con la moda.

En México, la historia, las energias, lo ancestral, la riqueza cultural y la visión a un futuro fueron como un baldado de agua inesperado pero enriquecedor.  Fue un momento de introspección profundo, de búsqueda de caminos y de transición que luego se convirtió en un renacer.  Encontrando nuevos retos en las raíces de mi ser, reinventándome pero regresando a la raíces de mi alma, a la mayor dicha de mi ser, el Arte.  También sin saberlo estaba con miedo de volverle a mostrar al mundo mi forma de ver por medio del arte, la pintura, miedo a las criticas, a desnudar mi alma.  Pero en medio de mi búsqueda encontré escritas en mi las enseñanzas de mi mamá: hay que fluir, sentir el arte y dejarla salir, no pensar… pues al único que le tiene que verdaderamente gustar es a ti.  Tienes que ser autentico contigo mismo y cuando lo seas, los demás lo van a sentir y van sentirse atraídos a ti, a tu arte, a tu mundo.

Abrí esa puerta para nunca mas cerrarla, viendo como de ella se desprende un horizonte de posibilidades para no solo mostrar quien soy, sino también ver el mundo de los demás desde diferentes perspectivas, o inspirarme e inspirar con mi arte.  Quiero contar esta historia, donde los caminos no siempre han sido fáciles pero eso no significa que no hayan sido gratificantes, donde cada paso a veces cuesta, pero la fuerza está para seguir adelante. El mundo es complejo con sombras y luces, con caminos rocosos llenos de flores y pájaros. Quiero con mis trazos libres y sin miedo mostrar la fuerza, con los colores mostrar las luces y las diferentes tonalidades, y con las texturas trasmitir emociones  

Trazos libres, fuertes y seguros .  Con acrílico y diferentes medios para generar texturas diferentes. no hay miedo en el momento de explorar es algo muy intuitivo.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Without realizing it at first, art has always been a part of me albeit intuitively.  Many times, it was my way of expression when I was not able to say what I wanted with words.  It was a way to connect with myself and show others how I saw the world, not only with my eyes but with my soul.

I say I had an 'intuitive' learning because I expressed myself very differently from how others around me expressed themselves.  My mom encouraged me, she is a great teacher and she also has a great passion for art.  She explors different facets of art and storytelling, different techniques, different materials, different mediums and I was lucky enough to have her introduce me to many of them; watercolor, pastel, drawing, acrylic, encaustic, illustration of stories (that I ended up writing myself!).  The journey was like traveling to different worlds, and her mantra was to "let things flow to find who you are and what you love, and enjoy yourself while doing both."
 
After high school it was time to choose a profession, and although art was always a part of me, I didn't view it as a profession.  I was seeking a challenge to prove to myself that I could do things that nobody imagined I could, and succeed at doing them.  I have always considered myself to be a very lucky person because despite being born with a condition in my eyes I was never treated as if it were a problem, a limitation or an excuse.  I felt blessed because I had tools within my reach that effectively made those limitations nonexistent, so I chose to become a lawyer because it was a challenge and I felt that from that profession I could help others and give back to the world.  After specializing and practicing law for a few years, I realized that there are other ways to help and give back such as working with foundations or NGO's that are tackling complex issues, or by just being a good example for others and support them in different aspects of their lives.

I thought art had been asleep within me for several years, but I later realized that during that period I was still expressing it in other ways such as developing projects for foundations, through cooking, designing, and building when I created a  new restaurant concept with gourmet shop in my native Medellin, or by creating and fabricating a new jewelry line in Mexico (among others).  Later in life, I was presented with the opportunity to form a new family with my Mexican husband and we traveled a lot due to his work.  I was immersed in new cultures and it opened new horizons.  

Brazil was a country full of culture, flavor and fire. I nurtured my creativity by studying Fashion Illustration, Fashion Consulting (learning to know oneself in order to guide others to express what they feel through clothing), Design Thinking, and Art History and its relationship with Fashion.

In Mexico, the ample history, the different energies, the ancestral vibe, the deep cultural richness and imagining what my family would become and what I wanted it to be were like an unexpected yet enriching bucket of water, all in one.  It was a period of deep introspection in which I travelled down different roads in search of a transition that later became a rebirth.  Finding new challenges is at the root of my being, I was reinventing myself by returning to the roots of my soul, to the greatest joy within me, Art.  

I realized I was unknowingly afraid to show the world my way of seeing it.  I was afraid to show my art, my creations, and my paintings.  I had fear of criticism and I was afraid to undress my soul.  But in the middle of this process I remembered my mother's teachings and realized they were deeply rooted within me: we have to flow… not think, we must feel the art and let it out… because the only person who really needs to like it, to judge it, is yourself.  You have to be authentic with yourself because when you are, others will feel it and they will be attracted to you, to your art, to your world.

I opened this door to never close it again as I've seen how it has opened a horizon of possibilities to not only show who I am, but also to see the world of others from different perspectives.  It has inspired me to inspire with my art.  

With acrylic paint and different techniques I will continue to generate different textures, tones, and colors.

My fearless and free strokes show strength….
With colors I show light and different tonalities…
And through textures I transmit emotions…

There is no fear in exploration, free, strong and confident strokes become more intuitive every day.

I chose to tell this story because the journey has not always been easy, but it has been very rewarding.  Each step has had its costs, but I have found the strength to move forward.  The world is a complex place that has shadow and light, there are rocky paths that sometimes are full of flowers and chirping birds.  

With my art, I wish to inspire other people to travel their own journey… and hopefully… they will enjoy accompanying me through mine