Mixed Media, October 2019
Original. 48 x 32″
I met an old acquaintance at a local artist shindig in Austin before I left in October of 2019. This, lucky for me was one of the few days of Austin weather that wasn’t thoroughly cooking my skin due to that good ol’ Texas heat. I remember setting about on a popular nearby trail connected to the nearby Contemporary museum (Laguna Art museum at the time) to look at the outdoor installation art. I had come here several times back when I first moved to Austin in 2008 wondering why there were so many lily pads and why this water was so majestically clear. According to local legend, many Native American tribes used this as a primary watering hole since there’s a natural spring just under the surface feeding into Lake Austin. This beautiful mineral concentrated water seemed to create its own abundant ecosystem of flora and fauna in the heart of Austin Texas.
I displayed this work back in November but wanted to think about something other than news headlines. Laguna Gloria for me, brings me back to a joyous moment when I would pause a conversation to accidentally stagger down a hill and into the water I was admiring just to take a picture. It brings me back to a feeling of absolute joy and peace. It was also then that I was able to feel my resilience as an artist toward whatever came next.
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