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'These Seeds Will Never Die'

from the Jan. 24, 2024 Bulletin

These are the words of artist Barbara Rivera, speaking about the artwork and relationships developed out of the exhibition, America Invertida, by Gallery Curator Jimmy Centeno, showing at the CASA 0101 Theater in LA. They are standing in front of Martinez' work "A Blessing and a Curse".


Our correspondent Victoria Hamlin talked with the three artists Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Barbara Rivera, and Aydee Lopez Martinez; here are some of their thoughts.

Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Barbara Rivera, Aydee Lopez Martinez and Jimmy Centeno


What is the importance of this show to you? 

Laura Vazquez Rodriguez: Rigoberta Menchú: Champion of Peace

Laura Vazquez Rodriguez: This exhibit is a tribute to Berta Cáceres, winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental prize;  Rigoberta Menchú, winner of The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize; and Comandanta Ramona, a leader of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional), who refused to be silenced, who fought to defend their land, their rights, and their indigenous way of life. Some paid the ultimate price in their fight for freedom. I celebrate their social, economic, and political achievements. They are champions for peace.






Barbara Rivera: There was a lot of creative freedom in this project. This whole project was bigger than all of us, there is so much more that we can continue to do to be a part of this beautiful world. There are different kinds of suffering and our world is a hot mess right now, we have to do our little part, put in our 2 cents to make it better.

Barbara Rivera: Berta Cáceres, Rios de Esperanza

Aydee Lopez Martinez: Your Bitter Song Soothes Me



Aydee Lopez Martinez: I think that our goal as artists was to take a little bit of the essence of these women and weave it into each one of the pieces we created. It motivates me to learn so much more about them and so many women out there like them.


With these works, I want to bring awareness to the incredible power that women have when we unite in the name of change. This exhibit is not only about Latin American women, it is about humanity and our shared struggle for justice. Courage to act begins with one voice. We have the power to make a difference.


Can you tell me some about your own history?


BR: As the child of immigrants, I totally identify with my Mexican/Cuban roots, even more Méxican because we still go back every year with my mom. Even though we’re born in different places, we are all similar. 


ALM: My family and I immigrated from a small town in México to the Cypress Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, California in 1970. I attended several community colleges before transferring over to Cal State University Los Angeles where I received a BFA. I have an art studio in Covina where I work as an artist and art teacher.


LVR: I grew up in the predominantly Mexican community of Pico Rivera. I was raised to believe that all people are equal. We are all valuable and we are responsible for one another. 

What is your inspiration?

BR: As an adult I started realizing that oh, my goodness, the beauty in my culture is incredible. La cultura is beautiful, lets do something to really show your culture. I love all that.


The environmentalist Berta Cáceres and the stuff that she was fighting for. She was assassinated, but what people dont realize is that the seeds that were planted will never die, they are blossoming in children and other people that took up the cause. I want to learn everything about this woman and her work and her love for humanity.


You realize that its not about you, you put your ego down and record our culture, everything will start falling in place. Its not about you, its bigger than all of us.

Barbara Rivera: Comandanta Ramona, Nunca Mas

Aydee Lopez Martinez: Inside the Trembling Mountains





ALM: I am always inspired by great women in history and those who surround me in my everyday life. I find that I am always looking for ways to portray women in the most positive and heroic way possible.


LVR: Love. To love others and to help others see their value. We are all part of one body.


I have one painting called Seeds of Love” and it was inspired by the three women's environmental activism, and it is about how we are planting the seeds of love not only in our own children but in our childrens children and our friends children and our neighbors and in our community. These seeds of love will grow for generations and we just need to plant them.

Laura Vazquez Rodriguez: 

Based on Gabriela Mistral’s poem Children’s Hair: Ternura

Barbara Rivera: The Big Day

Aydee Lopez Martinez: A Mother's Love


Who or what have been influences in your art?

BR: I got to travel to Morocco in June of 2023, and we came together for the Safi International Arts and Music Festival. Art transcends all the languages. It didnt matter what our religion was, it was the most eye-opening trip of my life. It gave me so much hope for all of us. They would say USA, USA, and I said yes it is America, but deep down inside of me I represent Latin America.

ALM: Family, culture, and of course everything about the feminine mind and body are my biggest influences. In my work, I always want to touch on the perspective of being a woman.I think that definitely shows through very strongly in my work.


My mother has always been a great influence too. Her support and encouragement of my career as well as her brave spirit even in the face of adversity will always drive me to pursue my goals. Women just rock!

LVM: My faith, my culture, and my family have influenced my art. I have learned the importance of gathering and sharing stories. I have learned the importance of gratitude and giving back. The idea that we are not well unless we are all well, and the importance of learning history and recognizing the struggles and sacrifices that others have made in the name of freedom and justice, have all played a role in my art. The women who are featured in this show are an inspiration to me and their stories influence my work. To be able to express their passion, their struggles, and their voices is so important. We need to amplify their voices any way we can. My art is my voice and with it I amplify the voices I admire.

Laura Vazquez Rodriguez: Voices of Courage