Category: Art

Below you will find individual postings with original art. EnJoy!

La Regla del Sacar

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 30″x 46″
“La Regla del Sacar”

This painting represents the complicated identity of the Puertorican people. During the late 1700’s the Spanish rulers enacted “La Regla del Sacar” which directly translates as “The Rule of Taking Out” which allowed people of mixed racial heritage to identify as “white” on census questioners and “Take out” their African blood. This contrasts and is the opposite to the “One Drop” rule of the United States. This rule allowed people of African ancestry to “mask” their Blackness and the Spanish rulers to not be outnumbered by the African slaves. A popular saying in Puerto Rico is ¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá? (slang) or “Y tu abuela, donde está?”, meaning “and your grandmother, where is she at?”, it is a reference to the poem by Fortunato Vizcarrondo. This poem speaks about the tradition of some mixed race people, who would literally hide their grandmothers in back rooms to “mask” their African grandmothers.

The poem is written in puertorican slang.

 

¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Ayé me dijite negro
Y hoy te boy a contejtá:
Mi mai se sienta en la sala.
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Yo tengo el pelo’e caíyo:
El tuyo ej seda namá;
Tu pai lo tiene bien lasio,
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Tu coló te salió blanco
Y la mejiya rosá;
Loj lábioj loj tiénej finoj . . .
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

¿Disej que mi bemba ej grande
Y mi pasa colorá?
Pero dijme, por la binge,
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Como tu nena ej blanquita
La sacaj mucho a pasiá . . .
Y yo con ganae gritate
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

A ti te gujta el fojtrote,
Y a mi brujca maniguá.
Tú te laj tiraj de blanco
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Erej blanquito enchapao
Que dentraj en sosiedá,
Temiendo que se conojca
La mamá de tu mamá.

Aquí el que no tiene dinga
Tiene mandinga . . ¡ja, ja!
Por eso yo te pregunto
¿Y tu agüela, aonde ejtá?

Ayé me dijite negro
Queriéndome abochoná.
Mi agüela sale a la sala,
Y la tuya oculta ajtá.

La pobre se ejtá muriendo
Al belse tan maltratá.
Que hajta tu perro le ladra
Si acaso a la sala bá.

¡Y bien que yo la conojco!
Se ñama siña Tatá . . .
Tu la ejconde en la cosina,
Po’que ej prieta de a beldá.

 

Fortunato Vizcarrondo

Purity of Creation

purityofcreationwebPurity of Creation by TaniaGuerrera.com

Mixed Media Collage and Acrylic Painting,
Canvas stretched on Wood, 2005

Something to inspire us.

This is a representation of a Rasta couple. Pictures of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen are added in the collage. The idea I am imparting in this painting most of all, is to learn that when we acknowledge that God or Goddess lives within Man, as Rastas have with H.I.M. Haile Selassie, then we can learn that God/Goddess Spirit lives within us.

Allow that magnificent, healing, creative and energetic light to shine forth. Connect to the Ancestors, know that Spirit lives forever and allow the beauty of the natural world to be our medicine and nourishment.
Peace, Blessings and Joyful Meditations,

 

 

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TaniaGuerrera.com

Artist Statement

The Process

As an artist and healer I use the process of creating as a healing and meditative medium. Setting the mind free during the creative process allows us, with the right setting, to enter into altered states of awareness. In this state we can experience bliss, clarity and transcendent healing.

As a result the images, words and crafts
become power objects and spiritual medicine for the soul.

About the Images

I am inspired by people, nature and faces, earth tones and bright color combinations.  When I paint, colors become a language; they speak to me by rising emotion based memories and intellectual meanings.  Each shade, hue, combination and variation tends to generate a separate quality to the painting’s vibe. Often I cover large areas in black, which evokes a dreamlike vision. Numbers, mandalas, ancient symbols and visionary themes tend to abstractly frame the figures. 

Inspiration

In addition as a healer I am blessed to know and learn from an ever-expanding circle of teachers, family and friends who also walk the path of knowledge.

My ethnic and cultural background informs my spirit therefore you will find Taino Arawak motifs, Yoruba Orishas, Ethiopian and Rastafarian themes, MotherHood, Mary and Christ, People in Meditation, Mandalas and always the Goddess and Mother Earth.

Because of my Taino Arawak ancestry I identify with aspects of the
Shamanic Tradition and reclaim this heritage with
visionary imagery and healing work.

Stories of Taino Abuelas and African Grandmothers heard during childhood populate and reflect my inner world and manifest through my art and healing work.

Intuitive Healer

Participation in Vodoun Drumming Ceremonies, Rasta Nyahbinghi Groundations, Taino Areytos, Peruvian Shaman Led Circles, Sufi Salaat, and Buddhist Meditation meetings, have given me a wide range of cultural perspectives on spirituality, natural healing and soul upliftment.

With Yoga movement, diet, meditation, music, art, words, Reiki energy, and the study of Spirit I have recovered parts of my soul, healed spiritual wounds and joyfully experienced health, flexibility and energy.

I invite you to view my art and study with me as we stretch our bodies, expand the heart and open our minds.

Peace, Blessings and Heartfelt Meditations,

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EnJoy!