And while glimpsing into la red that has existed for centuries here in Toto, I have been forming my own red without really realizing it. While my plans were being conceived in the beginning of the year, I remember thinking, am I really going to be able to do all of this by myself? And the answer was no. I came here as an artist, and artists work not only to create and compose, but also to arrange and see and form patterns – look at things in freshly colored lenses from various distances. I never suspected it that I would be collaborating with such people ranging from a muralist to a Mayan spiritual guide to agronomists and journalists to a hip hop artist. All of our work here is deeply connected, and their experience and creativity has been holding me up more than I sometimes realize.
Framing the picture of myself and my work in this way – as just one drop of water or one star within la red makes me think about both the fragility and the strength of all of this is, and how a work of art is being woven this year - or maybe it has already been woven and we are just adding some new threads to it. Whatever the case, my mid-year resolution is to continue andando y dando en red.
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