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The Coral Sea, by Javiera Estrada

The Coral Sea, by Javiera Estrada

Javiera Estrada

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Fleur de Sel or Flower of Salt is traditionally a salt that forms as a thin, delicate crust on the surface of seawater as it evaporates. These images are of an alternate universe where deep in the seas of salt water, a confluence of unique bouquets of flora and blasts of color form a new landscape.

These carefully orchestrated flower arrangements are all shot underwater using colored dyes, inks and paints to fabricate fictitious botanical gardens.

Javiera Estrada

Multi-media artist, Javiera Estrada, was born in Acapulco, Mexico in 1981, and emigrated to the United States in 1989. Javiera’s broad scope of work, which includes photography, mixed media, photograms, film, and textiles, is influenced by her memories of growing up in Acapulco—a tropical paradise of vibrant colors, steeped in spiritual ritual and magical realism. Estrada’s mystical affinity for bridging the gap between the conscious landscape of reality and the subconscious world of the spiritual can be seen throughout her work. Philosophically, Estrada rejects Cartesian dualism and its compartmentalization of the whole, embracing a worldview of interconnectivity and unity consciousness. Artistically, she seeks to unify the mundane and the sacred. Javiera examines the theme of interconnected consciousness in a multitude of ways. From incorporating female bodies as sculptural forms in organic communion with nature, to creating galactic primordial environments with inks—fluid and formless, structures representing the “prima materia,” original essence of existence. The juxtaposition of shadow and light play a recurring role in Estrada’s explorations as well, representing the internal struggle between the spiritual and the physical. Estrada describes her artistic process as both frenzied and laborious. The work is multi-layered and time-consuming, a technique she sees as inducing presence, while moving away from the high-speed nature of the digital age. The initial messy, chaotic stage of unknowing is essential to Estrada’s process, as it allows for connection with the deeper, subconscious elements wanting to emerge through the work. Estrada has exhibited in the United States, Europe (London, Paris, Germany, Switzerland) and Singapore. In 2020, her solo show in Las Vegas received a Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation for the Arts from the United States Congress. Recently, she was commissioned to create a site-specific piece for the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Estrada currently lives and works in Los Angeles.