La Sabiduría de la Naturaleza
In Japanese folklore they do not mention good or bad wolves but good or bad people. The relationship between man and wolf represents the relationship between man and nature and if man keeps his promises and recognizes the blessings that nature provides then the relationship will be one of harmony. In this series, I become a shamanistic persona depicting various ancient mythologies and symbols that tell a story that embraces the wolf and does not fear it. Returning to our roots, the woven connection of man and nature within the ecosystem is essential to restore balance and to acknowledge that like the wolf, we play a vital role in the ecosystem. It is time to give back what has been taken away from the forest of Japan because Japan’s forests are not real forests without the wolf. When I presented several photographs from this series in a group show in Tokyo, The Wolf Exhibition, I spoke with Mr. Maruyama from the Japanese Wolf Association and I asked him what needed to happen for the Japanese government to allow reintroduction of wolves into the forests of Japan and he said, “we need international attention.” Japan has lost the wolf and now Mexico is facing the same problem. It seems we focus more on the celebrity animals and we forget about those smaller mammals that are also considered umbrella species because their habitat encompasses the habitats of other animals and their role in the ecosystem is vital to its survival. Through my photographs and future art projects I want the significance of the wolf to gain national attention and hope to see in my lifetime the reintroduction of wolves in Japan.
El Cigarro y su Simbolismo
What symbolism is perceived when I smoke a cigar? How am I seen smoking in this context? Is a man with a cigar and a pocket watch thought of in the same way? This series of work explores the symbolism that smoking a cigar represents and the bridge that separates as well as connects the male and female cigar smoker. In the act of smoking the cigar, I discovered I embodied both masculine and feminine traits and I felt a sense of raw energy overcoming me. I question where my perceptions come from, are they closer to the American society images that I grew up with or do they tie to my Mexican roots of the curandera who blows smoke for healing?