Religion: Mexica/Yucatec polytheism, regional animism
Location: British Columbia, Canada (unceeded Coast Salish territory)
Media: Painting, drawing, object and icon-making, comics
Seeking: Buyers, commissions, audience
Website/contact: boneblue.net, aquapunk.co
Describe your art practice.
I am a Chicanx painter, illustrator, object-maker, and iconographer. My work focuses primarily on using natural media to engage the numinous through the experience of Nepantla, or “in-between-ness”. In my paintings I try to capture impressions of sacred landscape and dreamscape, mingling ancestral memory with lived experience, theophany, meditation, and rootedness in place. And in my narrative work, my aim is to facilitate communion: tell mythic stories that are at once entertaining, beautiful, and give honor to the numinous and divine.
Describe your religious practice.
I am a spirit-taught practitioner of 20 years, with a heavy emphasis on building relationship and reciprocity with genus loci, ritual objects, and personal daemons. I am also a polytheist and mystic in relationship with several gods, mostly of pre-Colombian Mesoamerica, though the backbone of my practice revolves around maintaining devotional cultus to the storm god Chaak.
How do your artistic and religious practices intersect?
I work within a ritual artistic calendar to foster a regular cycle of creative output that is timed according to sacred days and strictures. My mixed-use studio is regularly cleansed in preparation for religious work, divination is performed before major undertakings, and offerings are made at points during the process of making select works. I have made icons, houses for spirits, ritual paraphernalia, art glamorbombs, and offerings for genus loci. I also routinely use art and iconography as a form of sacrifice to the gods, and use the process of icon-making to experience and worship them.
Currently, I am exploring the mysteries of the colors blue and red at the behest of my daemons, and how they have been historically used in the Americas. I am also undertaking more iconographic work for the gods of the Mexica, the Teteo.
(Also founder of Numen Arts.)