The search for meaning and the comprehension of this ephemeral experience called life is the underlying thread in my work: the complexities of the subconscious mind, dreams, and the polarities between darkness and light. Inherently, the art reflects my personal history—a visual documentation of each epoch resulting in distinct bodies of work. When creating this work, it is imperative to allow my subconscious to move freely without the interference of the conscious mind, unobstructed from the restrictions of logic. Consequently, it is only midway through the process that I am able to withdraw from the intensity of inspired work to analyze and discover the essence which has been gradually revealing itself. I consider myself a psychological archaeologist, digging through the rubble of the inner terrain, probing blindly into the dark, until the spotlight of awareness reveals itself. Essentially, the context of my work can be summed up by psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski and his work on the Theory of Positive Disintegration: “advanced development requires a breakdown of existing psychological structures in order to form higher, more evolved structures”.
In addition, the internal struggle between the spiritual body and the physical one is demonstrated in my laborious creative process. Thus, it is imperative that the work is multi-layered and time consuming—a technique which induces presence while concurrently moving farther away from the modern high speed platform of the digital age. Time is an essential component -or specifically, lack of time- for timelessness is an essential attribute in my work as the foundation is of a spiritual nature.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SERIES: YEAR OF THE PIG
Year of the Pig is photographic series all shot in 2019 during the Chinese year of the Golden Pig- a symbolic time of celebration, fortune, and vibrant colors. The juxtaposition of these characteristics with the political and social climate in The United States created a complex environment and beautiful dissonance, particularly for women. In Year of the Pig, the cheeky confidence and playful attitude of the women against colorful backdrops communicates unashamedly knowledge of the power of our own sexuality. Simultaneously, using humor to deflect the absurdity of provincial judgments from the sex-shaming attitude of American culture.
BIO: Multi-media artist Javiera Estrada was born in Mexico in 1981 and moved to the United States in 1989. Her childhood was heavily influenced by her training in classical piano and violin, which continues to inspire her aesthetic today. She attended Santa Monica College and received her Certificate of Photography in 2009. Estrada’s broad scope of work is a reflection of memories that she has shaped into her reality. A seeker of the spiritual, Estrada believes that every piece of art created is a self-portrait, a physical expression of that inner nameless world our soul inhabits. Using photography as her main visual medium, the sound of the camera’s click offers her the perfect confluence between the real and the ethereal. A multifarious artist, Estrada’s creative expression encompasses traditional photography, mixed media, sculpture, installation, and film.
Estrada has exhibited in galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work is part of private and corporate collections internationally. In 2014 she won Art Slant’s Juried Competition, was a 2015 finalist for the Emerging Focus Competition, and is the 2017 winner of the ND Awards Fine Art Category. Estrada made her first short film in 2017 entitled, The Dream, which was selected in Best of Shorts at the Carmel International Film Festival. In 2020, her solo show in Las Vegas was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation for the Arts from the United States Congress. Estrada currently lives and works in Los Angeles.