a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
The cultivation of my plants has been a real source of pride and peace for me. Some of the plants came from trash heaps around the city where I found them near death. Nurturing them is a meditative experience, also humbling; caring for any other living thing, so much is out of your control. Gardening is an exercise in patience and love.
It is necessary to remove your clothes to take a bath. In the garden, before the fall, there were no clothes, there was no nakedness; like the departed having their sins burned away in purgatory before entering heaven. Unfettered, unshaven, I create my own Eden in my bathroom.
Christina Ramirez is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and designer. Her artwork is collected and exhibited internationally. At the core her work is about love, because art is hard and life is short. Through this love of craft and skill she uses the lens of disaster, festival, and nostalgia to explore difficult issues. Her work often incorporates found and scavenged materials. The ethical obligation to activism and the necessity of using any and everything as a tool are at the forefront of her present art practice. Illustration and sequential art strongly informs the structure of her work; whether the medium is a small copper ring or a wall mounted sculpture, there is a story being told. She lives in Vickery Meadow, Dallas.