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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Oracle at Bronx Art Space: Some memories

Healing, from the Oracle, a series of 49 digital images by Tanya Torres. 2014

by Jesús Papoleto Meléndez


I loved you so much
once; Now I can’t remember
how we used to kiss.


Love acts as Nature;
Breeze in the trees’ memory,
Fleeting as snowflakes.

The opening of Passages was a success. The Oracle was on the wall, not as I originally intended, but it worked well. The images were placed randomly on a large wall, forming a square. The first card I made was in the center: Peace. The four elements surrounded it. And then the other cards. 

As the night went on, I gave out the matted oracle cards I had prepared for the guests. Each person chose one without looking. And the stories, associations and coincidences began happening. 

The woman who got "home" had the most amazing story: there is a pregnant belly image. Her husband wants to have a child now that they have a house and proper jobs. Then her friend, whom I had met briefly at another event and given an inspiration infusion (she actually did quit here job after that, she told me… always makes me feel a little guilty and a lot happy for her…) came back to ask me about the background image in her card "vision". "Is it an Oscar?" she asked without daring to believe it. When I said yes, her smile was even wider. She said it was the perfect card for her.

Another woman got "bliss". Her son had graduated from high school that day and she was feeling very happy. It was the right card for her. 

A man got "fire." I could almost have guessed that would be the card for him. He told me that it was the card he had been looking at on the wall. And that it was perfect for him.

My friend Sery got "abundance." He said his house is decorated in green, and he embraced abundance. It worked well.

Some people were afraid to look at me or come get a card. I must have been a strange sight. An artist actually talking to strangers in a gallery opening.  I would catch their eye sometimes, and invite them, but still, they stayed away. Then at the end, I left a few on the pedestal and went to sit away from the crowd. Then I saw some of them go and pick one. 

And Papoleto Meléndez, the Nuyorican poet, got "prayer" but said that he had a poem for my oracle, titled "Healing." I think it is the perfect poem, it is the poem that predicts the Oracle.

He told me that he wrote this poem when he realized that he was thinking about a woman he had loved a lot, but he could not remember how a kissing her felt. Then he found that the poem he wrote had the structure of a haiku, but a haiku needs to be about nature. So he reworked the poem, and II. was born. I think both the poem(s) and the process are enlightening and beautiful.

Later that night, a cup of wine fell on the extra deck of cards that I had left there for people to see and play with. Peggy, the poet, said that it had been approved by the gods. Those who know about Afro-Caribbean religions know what she is talking about. Her words helped me get over the confusion and disappointment I was beginning to feel. It did get a little crazy in the Bronx Art Space as the audience grew around the poetry and rearranged the art. But I'm sure it all ended up well in the end. (Except for my oracle deck, which was wet…)

I had to leave, but here is a picture. 
Oracle at Bronx A rt Space, part of Language is Identity,
curated by Yolanda Luz Rodríguez Delgado and Josué Guarionex Colón. Photo by Josué Guarionex. 

If you want to see the Oracle in person and do the card reading, then be in my VIP list so I can invite you to my studio when I come back to New York after my two summer journeys to New Mexico and Puerto Rico: Sign up for my VIP List in my new website. Or come to New Mexico and join me at Bright Rain Gallery on Friday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation of my objects and a poetry reading from my pendant book Sophia's Light

Thank you Papoleto for sharing your beautiful poems. And thank you all who attended the exhibition!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Join us in Albuquerque

I know it sounds a little over the top, but I am inviting YOU to join Raquel and I in Albuquerque this year, July 18-19, 2014. What for?

Friday, July 18: I will be at Bright Rain Gallery with a selection of my handmade objects and a poetry reading from Sophia's Light, my latest handmade book. It is so tiny you can wear in close to your heart! Join me at Bright Rain Gallery in the evening. More information to come!
Sophia's Light, an edition of 100 handmade miniature books.

Saturday, July 19: We are gathering at El Chante Casa de Cultura for our Mary Magdalene Celebration. We will have a ceremony and you will make your very own mini-pendant book:

And as we make it, we will talk about Mary Magdalene, our stories, discoveries, ideas, inspirations, culminating with Raquel Z. Rivera's 7 Songs of Praise for the Magdalene

and the opening to the exhibition of my Magdalenes in the space of El Chante.

The events are free and you can bring your whole tribe with you. For the workshop, please let me know that you will participate so I can have your materials ready. And Raquel is asking everyone to join her in singing the songs. It will be magical!

Mary Magdalene of the Light, Oil on Canvas Board, 20" x 16", 2010. Also called "my modigliani".
•And… it will be Frida Kahlo Weekend in Albuquerque! Sounds fun, doesn't it? Bring your eyebrows and ribbons!

One of my Frida tiles, 2014. Have you seen this.  Not is you are not part of my VIP list! Sign up here: http://form.jotform.co/form/33406914001846? 

Will you come?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Free Miniature Book Pendant Workshop at El Chante, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Join us in this celebration of our muse, Mary Magdalene, and take home a little book full of inspiration made by you! It will be worth the trip to New Mexico!

Mary Magdalene Celebration 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014 
El Chante Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Free, RSVP is Required: tanyaetorres@yahoo.com

 Please share with a friend who lives in New Mexico!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gifts of Art and Life

Cacibayagua, Interpretation by student in my friend's Evelyn Velez Suarez art class.

Mary Magdalene of the Tears, Interpretation by Anamiah Fortuna, a student in my friend's Evelyn Velez Suarez art class.
Am I a blessed artist or what? I think these are so cute that I want to cry. Thank you Evelyn and students for sharing these with me!!!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Oracle

Description: A series of individually designed cards featuring words that the artists uses to create her own reality of peace, love and joy in an effort to give the world these qualities through the interaction of the public with her work. Going beyond identity as national identification, gender, class or other means of labeling humans, she seeks to create identity through a direct connection to the human soul. Oracles have been a means to foretell the future throughout history, and are currently a popular tool for meditation and enjoyment of beauty. By creating her own oracle, the artist becomes the oracle and art becomes the voice of the Divine.

When Yolanda Rodríguez invited me to participate in an exhibition she and Josué Guarionex Colón are organizing, titled Language is Identity, I thought about what exactly is my identity, in my own mind, at this point, and what parts of language represent that idea of myself. I often hear words in my mind, and hold them as I work. They are the starting point of many pieces. Although for this piece, I got help. My Facebook friends offered many words some months ago, when I posted a call for help with my future "oracle". I would say all these words lead to "artist," the identity I began creating in 2005 with my "secret" blog Hoy, Artista. I don't even remember how I came up with that title, but it was an affirmation. And little by little, one step at a time, one word at a time, I have transformed into my own kind of artist. I have so far collected about 100 words, and am working on the images for the oracle cards that I will be presenting in the exhibition. The images in the cards are my associations to the words, what comes to mind first and what I can find to fit that idea. My inner being slowly emerges at I create, very quickly, each card. In the end, they will all hang together as an invitation to the viewer to find the words and associations that connect with his or her own soul. Language is Identity  
June 26-July 19
at Bronx Art Space
Co-curated by Yolanda L. Rodríguez y Josue Guarionex Colon-Rosado. 
Join us on June 26 to get your own art-guided oracle card: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430366973878143/