Photo Essays | What is Culture?
Here we present observations on culture, kismet, creativity, home, and relationships that nurture & inspire us from Anado Mclauchlin, an assemblage & mosaic artist, and founder & curator of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in the Casa de Las Ranas Compound about a half-hour outside San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Tune into our chat with Anado while you peruse his soundbites!
Cultural Windows Photo Essay: Anado Mclauchlin, Founder, Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
"Culture is the byproduct and the essence of sentient beings living amongst one another."
"Human culture is defined by different geographical locations and states of mind."
"Culture matters because it’s a thread that is intertwined with one another that creates a human tapestry, it’s what this whole existence is about."
"We are part of the essence of coming from women, it’s quite an amazing thing."
"The first arch called the ‘Arch to Nowhere’. Its sister arch is called the Arch to Now-Here. From nowhere--meaning emptiness--to now here--meaning the present."
"One night I was dreaming that I was driving my taxi and I was lost. I said aloud ‘Where am I?’ and a voice answered 'You’re on Kismet Street'. The next day I looked up the definition of ‘kismet’ and learned it means fate. That is the rule of my creative process. I am open to fate and what existence has to offer."
"There is nothing more important for a man than the relationship with his father. My father taught me everything about who I don’t need to be."
"My mother encouraged me to have beautiful things around me, to adorn my surroundings."
"In preparing for a workshop I created a mandala and above it wrote 'Siempre' in this childlike psychedelic writing to remind them and myself to always be in contact with that child-like scribbled nature of one’s creative process."
"Richard is the real anchor for me, someone who I run things by and he encourages me to do other work, I trust him, I trust his instincts. The chemistry of both being into art enables us to challenge one another."
"You hear the expression home is where the heart is, and that is the most incredible truth to mankind. It begins with the heartbeat and the essence of who we are."
"The native people told me that the snake is the closest animal to the ground and that the snake listens to what Mother Earth has to say and reports back. In terms of Christian and Jewish laws, the snake has gotten a bad rep, I’m here to give the snake a good rep."
"I work with what’s available. I like to combine and juxtapose trash in such a way that a sense of irony is tapped in to."
"Always be in contact with that childlike nature of your creative process. Leave the adult editor out of the situation and create from a childlike experience of wonder."
"I break all the rules of most professional mosaic artists. I just do it my way. I’m not the best in the world but I am probably one of the happiest."
"One of the expressions that I live by is that there are no rules, only consequences. That’s the way I like to live and indulge in my art."
"Connection is culture that can come together and meet in a place that’s not about logic or knowing but more about meeting in the heart, sharing that life-force that we all have."