Amaranta Sandys - Curanderas, Hechicheras y Herbolarias
Showing at WEND March and April 2022
West Seattle Art Walk March 10 and April 14
These painting are a visual narrative, depicting whimsical women, goddesses, and queens, calling for healing, harmony and reconnection with ancient herbal wisdom. Each painting has a layer gold or silver glitter, where in many cultures, gold is a symbol of power, divinity, and immortality. These paintings have been created in the last year and half. (2021)
Along my artistic practice, these paintings have helped me cope towards a personal healing and understanding of the power of being intentional while recovering from Covid trauma, car accident injuries, toxic relationships, and political corruption in the last 4 years.
Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys is a South Seattle based visual artist. She was born and raised in Mexico City, but she calls the PNW her home. She is a bilingual art educator, youth mural facilitator, public artist, business entrepreneur, performer, community builder, gardener, mother of a teenager and a cat mama.
Covid 2020 shifted her individual creative process, refining her style. She uses acrylics, watercolors, clay, tin boxes, maps and yarn. Her illustrations of gloomy landscapes, women, goddesses, and skeletons reclaim ancient rituals. Food and language blend elements of the PNW: trees, nature, sea life and mountains. Art has been her tool for social change in hopes to inspire others to find a fulfilling purpose in life.
Her artwork has been shown at Vashon Center for the Arts, Nepantla Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum, Hillman Collaboratory, Arts East Gallery, Latinx Pop, Burien Arts and coffee shops around Seattle.
Over the last two decades, she volunteered for various arts organizations: BIPOC Tiny Art Houses, Burien Arts, South-Park Arts, Cultivate South Park and La Sala Latino Network.
Recently, she had the opportunity to jury grants through 4Culture and Seattle Office and Culture, an experience that has helped her understand the selection process and the necessity to represent the Latinx voices and stories in this area.