Sin-Cuenta Hojas de Canelo, 2019
The first time I saw a Canelo tree, the sacred tree for Mapuche people of Chile, was at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. I had never had the chance to see one during the years I lived in Chile. I was surprised and confused. My region, Bio-Bio, is a major exportation point for commercial pine and eucalyptus products replacing most of the native flora. Historically, Bio-Bio has been Mapuche land. The materials in this piece inform my memories and feelings in relationship to the Mapuche territory, and the environmental activists who work toward the preservation of the native forests and natural water basins. I made fifty leaves in ceramic and used sheep wool thread hand-dyed with Canelo leaves, rope, and metallic gold thread. I made this piece to honor the memory of Macarena Valdés.