La Foresta is changing with every season as the real forest does. Every new spring, summer, autumn and winter it celebrates changing seasons of nature and of our lives. As snow melts away, as buds turn into leaves, as leaves start to change colour, as they fly away with the wind, as new buds are born - at the turn of each season we invite a different artist to create a portrait of la Foresta in summer, autumn, spring or winter. Each creator's image will represent la Foresta online for three months and later will become part of the permanent Museum of Seasons. During these three months Visual Strolls becomes an online gallery, a visual viewing room, exhibiting the work of the invited artist. 

We are interested in a larger context of art and creativity in society, in looking at these in a broader sense, as forces that change our state of attention. That’s why we started Visual Strolls. We want to invite you to join us and never stop looking at the world from new perspectives, as it unfolds around and inside of us, as one state of being is continuously being replaced by another in cyclical circularity. We invite you to contemplate the world anew with us through the eyes of the artists. Artists we invite come from very different backgrounds, personal, cultural and professional, some are known, some are just beginning their work, some live in cities, some in villages, some paint, some draw, some stich. What unites these visual creators is their affinity with nature and poetry of their perception. To continue reading our reflections on arts entering life click here.

SUMMER this year is brought to la Foresta by Sandra Javera. Sandra is a Brazilian illustrator and artist who lives in New York City. We love her joyful work, attention to forms and colours, broad professional horizon and experiments with different materials, media and dimensions. You are invited to stroll through a selection of Sandra’s playful work with lines, colours and ceramics below.

La Foresta Portrait by Sandra Javera: Summer 2019

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Sandra Javera

I chose to portrait a forest with a human in it. And as a layered organism, formed by organelles, cells, and structures that, similarly to the human organism, orchestrate to provide life. The relationship between science and poetry has always amazed me. The wisdom behind the photosynthesis process, the search for light and the explosion of life that happens from one seed are for me some of the most poetic and powerful images provided from the forest to us.

Cover image by Sandra Javera
Photo of Sandra by Leandro Viana