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Isla Del Medio

These works are an exploration of the exchange of meaningful imagery and dialogue between individuals and environment. While engaging with the community and exploring a series of questions and stories about what constitutes meaningful imagery, I found a more organic introduction to the history of place and person through the process of these socially engaged art practices. This exchange brought forth the notion of being "rooted" somewhere which allowed me to reflect on my familial and ancestral ties to the country and the land. It lead me to find out my surname 'Romero' translates to 'Rosemary' and therefore explore the literal and metaphorical implications of grounding and rerooting myself to the land of my ancestors. This lead to a ritual performance in which I offered various parts of myself (blood, hair) and mixing it with soil, water, and rosemary as a symbolic gesture of gratitude for the land. By anointing myself with the mixture and then decorating myself with rosemary garments, it is a reacclimation of my self and the rejoining of my name and roots. I then bury the mixture as a final offering to the land and as an act of permanent grounding within the earth.

       
     
An Exploration of the Exchange of Dialogue and Imagery
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