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Mastrangelo’s triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua” Celebrates Water and Cinco De Mayo 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych “Da Gracias Por Agua” will be exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday in May: CINCO DE MAY-OMA!   Ole!  Reception 6-9 PM

Member Artists of ArtistsRegistry.com. celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with their own interpretations of Mexican life, through the mediums of paintings, drawings, photography or sculpture.

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21" x 48")

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21″ x 48″)

Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her unique wall relief city-scape interpretations of water covers and manhole covers. Her Triptych created just for this Mexican Themed Event is collectively titled: “Da Gracias Por Agua.” (Give Thanks for Water)

The first sculpture relief, entitled “Agua Sagrada,” pays homage to Jorge Argueta’s Poems in “Hablando con Madre Tierra.” (“Talking with Mother Earth” illustrated by Lucia Angela Pérez) His powerful, inspirational bi-lingual poems explore a young native Salvadoran boy’s connection to Mother Earth. Tetl’s Grandmother taught him about the spirituality of his Nahuatl Ancestors viewing the Earth as being alive with sacred meaning.

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

The text inscribed around the simulated water fount is “El Agua Es Sagrada.”  (Water is sacred)  “Es La Sangre de La Madre Tierra. (It is the blood of Mother Earth.) Jorge Argueta graciously gave permission for me to use these words from his poem “El Agua.”

 

Los Cuatro Elementos (relief 21" diameter x 6") and El Agua Es Una Bendición

Los Cuatro Elementos (21″ dia. x 6″) & El Agua Es Una Bendición

With water conservation and protection as a recurrent theme, Bobbi envisioned the center piece with “Covers” representing The Four Elements “Los Cuatro Elements:” Tierra, Aire, Agua y Fuego. The four covers float above metallic colored concave wells.

 

El Agua Es Una Bendición

El Agua Es Una Bendición

Bobbi enjoyed researching the ancient Aztec, Mayan and Nahuatl Cultures for the borders and designs of the two outside pieces. Atl, the Aztec symbol for water is located in the center of the starburst design.

But it was the contemporary Water Researcher, Masaru Emoto, author of The True Power of Water who influenced  the text of the above piece.  “Water is a Blessing, Give Thanks for Water,” Bobbi inscribed the Spanish Translation around the water fount: “El Agua Es Una Bendición.  Da Gracias Por Agua.”

Emoto believes that: “It is our individual responsibility to learn all we can about water, the most precious resource on the planet and to help shift the consciousness through our thoughts, words and prayers.  May our understanding of water help to bring peace to all mankind.”

Bobbi felt Spiritually Blessed as she created this triptych and hoped that Argueta’s philosophy about honoring Mother Earth and Emoto’s revelations about water would resonate to the viewers.

 

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Meeting Author Azar Nafisi

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Several months ago I was asked to donate an artwork for an appreciation gift to Azar Nafisi, one of the visiting authors at The 2013 Festival of the Literary Arts in Winter Park, Florida.  Winter With the Writers | Rollins College  I love culture and literary adventures, so I agreed to give an art work.  I also read two of her books.

Azar Nafisi is an Iranian Academic and best selling author who emigrated to the USA from Iran in 1997.  “Reading Lolita in Tehran” journals how Azar boldly inspired her devoted students in her home.  Together she and her young friends secretly explored the forbidden western classic writings including: Austin, Bronte, James and Nabokov.

 “Things I have been Silent About” is Azar’s story of growing up in Iran against a background of Iran’s political Revolution.  Her mother had a term in Parliament. Her father, once the Mayor of Tehran, was jailed when the next regime took over.

“In one way or another we articulate what has happened to us through the kind of people we become.” ~ Azar Nafisi.

Her quote reminded me of my father’s quote: “What you are, you teach!” ~ Herman Betschen.

Both of our fathers told us stories while growing up and they were life time learners. Azar’s Father, while in jail, studied French and German,  read classic literature and history, wrote poetry and painted.

I felt connected to Azar Nafisi and posted a comment on her web site:Azar Nafisi, Offical Website of the Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.  I wrote how I enjoyed her literary works and how we both appreciated our fathers. I did not mention that she would be receiving one of my art works.

Azar Nafisi

Intern Writers and Professors at Rollins College: Winter Park FL

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, I attended the afternoon session with the intern writers at Rollins College.  Azar Nafisi was a charming and witty mentor to the students. She was delighted with the framed giclee print “When the People Care.”  


It turns out that she had visited my web site after I wrote on her blog. “When the People Care,” was on my home page at that time and Azar told me how much she had admired that piece.  She gave me a warm hug and signed her books in Persian for me. The Evening Session at Tiedtke Concert Hall, was totally inspiring. Thanks to Randi Cruz, The Rollins Intern who arranged for the art donation, meeting Azar Nafisi was a memorable adventure.

 


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