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Muñecas de Luz (Dolls of Light) for the New Year

In my gallery you’ll see I’ve tried my hand at cloth dolls before. This time I worked with two new designs. I worked in the various hand craft I enjoy for these new dolls which I am calling Muñecas de Luz (Dolls of Light). I must share the interesting events taking place as I was creating them. In the month of November and earlier in December I was interviewed by two female writers/artists working on two different projects. The first interview for a project about Chicago artists’ migrant stories took place as I was starting the dolls. The story of my Chicago roots tightly intertwined with my father’s, my mother’s, my grandparents’ stories. Not only a cultural history but also one of traumas carried and passed on through the generations. I hadn’t done an interview quite like this before. It helped me see what my intentions really are with my art and what I was trying to express with these dolls waiting for me at my studio. It was deep. That evening with my heart still swimming in those stories, I kept listening and the messages these dolls should carry came to me. I also began crocheting a pair of butterfly wings. The second interview came a couple of weeks later and was for a writing project about Latina artists creating work in Chicago. In this interview I shared how I ended up on an artistic path, on this quest to becoming an artist. It really helped me to look again at all the work I have been doing and how far I’ve come from first being inspired by a Latina artist to hopefully becoming an inspiring Latina artist myself. I mentioned the dolls and what I came to realize as I continued to work on them. My thoughts about how we give dolls to our young girls and what are the important messages we really want to give them. As well as how we can give dolls to women of all ages to pass on hope, love and light especially in this current political climate.

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close. So grateful for all the projects that came through the studio this year. Especially those that cross your path quite accidentally, impacting your work in such a meaningful way and helping you grow as an artist. My story is in my work. I am a storyteller. One of many stories, one like many stories. My work is of joy, sadness, resilience. Being able to really speak and share my story has helped give me more direction in the type of work I want to create moving forward.

In the new year I hope to: Post on here more often. Make a new zine. Make new paintings. Start an Etsy shop or other. Go out and just observe and pick up my camera again. Make time to care for self better.

Hope, love and light in the New Year friends.

Muñecas de Luz (Dolls of Light) by Naomi Martinez

Mini Plush Cats by Naomi Martinez

Muñecas de Luz (Dolls of Light) by Naomi Martinez

 

Call for Art: MUTANTES ZINE #2

To My Chicago Artists:

Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective is preparing for MUTANTES ZINE #2 ! Mujeres Mutantes is an all wo-manned artist collective based in Chicago. MUTANTES ZINE is an ongoing art project created to empower and raise awareness regarding women’s issues we may face daily in our communities, media, and society. We are a D.I.Y. publication and all sales raise funds for future collaborative zine projects. Ideas for collaboration? Need a copy of Mutantes #1? Or other inquiries please contact us: mutantes.zine@gmail.com

Artwork or words related to the body, bodies, body issues, love for our bodies, anything body! Deadline 3/31/15.

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Art for Good, Art for Healing…

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“Arte, Corazon, Vida.” (Art, Heart, Life.) By: Monstrochika

Over the years I have donated artwork to arts organizations, schools and other art spaces raising funds to keep art going strong in our communities. As a donating artist, I will spend some time on a one-of-a-kind piece to completion and then send it out to do its good in my city.

The piece above will have traveled the farthest for good thus far. I was invited to donate artwork for Wynwood Art Auction taking place this Friday, November 14th in Miami, Florida. The auction will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House South Florida which provides housing and much more for families with children undergoing hospital treatment for leukemia and other debilitating diseases.

The piece is titled “Arte, Corazon, Vida.” (Art, Heart, Life.). It looks similar but very different from my other paintings. It contains some new techniques and has inspired a new body of work which is now in progress.

Art has been my escape since I was very young and admiring illustrations in library books and Saturday morning cartoons. Growing up with domestic violence brought some struggle through my youth and into my early adult years. This experience however, also taught me resilience and determination. Now I dedicate myself to creating art that spreads joy as art has always done for me.

Art saved me and Heart pushes me to create and build a peaceful Life.

An art comrade told me recently that “Art heals the soul.” It truly, truly does.

This Week

Greetings all,

This Sunday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. is the

1st Annual St. Paul Art Expo @ St. Paul’s Church, 2108 West 22nd Place, Chicago, Illinois

“Please join us for the first annual St.Paul Art Expo/Pop up shop. St.Paul church opens it’s doors to a variation of art forms ranging from paintings, poetry reading, music, jewelry makers, food, craft vendors, and everything in between.”

I will have Monstrochika watercolor illustrations, amigurumi dolls and paintings available for sale.

Come on out!

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Tomorrow night I will have a painting exhibiting at this show @ Under the Bridge Art Studio:

 

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Seeds of Creativity

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We are all anxious for warmer spring and summer days here in our little corner of the world that is Chicago. My city with its unpredictable weather patterns. Tonight its late night doodling for me.

Here is a peek at something new. A Monstrochika planting seeds of creativity.

So Fresh and So Clean…

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Was away awhile but website is updated and I am back.

Good things continue to happen in the Monstrochika world. Making and sharing art, learning, growing, evolving.

For the past year and a half all my energy went into painting outside. With the help of my fellow artist community, I have been able to add 6 new mural works to my portfolio. As a strong supporter of public art I am so grateful for these opportunities.

So many beautiful collaborations and shows have also happened. One of my fave shows of 2013 was Fun-A-Day Chicago where artists picked a project to do for 30 days and exhibited together at Threadless store.

Crochet Frames

So I figured out what to do with those crochet frames……

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Donated work:

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Happy 2012!

Another Year! At my day job I keep forgetting to save documents as 2012 and not 2011. Oh poo…

I would like to share with you a little project that came our way this holiday season. My good friend Adi and I worked on a window display for KIDS RULE Toy Store which just opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The owners wanted to show all of the educational and environmentally friendly toys the store carries. I have to say, I believe in the end we met the client’s need and made it look quite lovely….

Under the sea and among the leaves….

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I’ve been hangin’ out with all those that inspire me. Taking part and sharing in different events around town. Drawing some inspiration from

© 2017 Monstrochika

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