If there is a god it is art and artists are a chosen medium for this power. If you do not create, when you are called to, it will kill you. You might survive but you will not be alive. I create because I would die if I didn’t.
The work I make is medicine. I am of the mind that if art is not created to heal or discover something it is of little worth. Ezra Pound said something to that affect once. Each piece was made to capture a moment of extreme vulnerability.
Ojo De Venado was created during a time when I felt I was suffering terribly from Mal Ojo. Symptoms are: irritability, headache, nausea. I was dealing with drunk, affluent, young, white men that struck me every day with their entitled and arrogant gazes. Ojo De Venado is a large brown seed used as a talisman to protect yourself from negative energies that are brought on when people look at you too much. Especially covetously. As I sat down to draw I found myself feeling very like Mazatl, deer-like. Being a survivor, even being looked at a certain way can cause fear and anxiety. Helpless. A deer without eyes. But, as I drew, sage grew up through the empty socket. Sage which settles the stomach when ingested, purifies and cleanses. We all have the medicine inside of ourselves to heal our wounds.
Part 2 of Alicia’s interview will be up on February 18th. You can follow her intricate process of creation, here.