Shalak Attack | Lo Que La Vida Planta, La Muerte Cosecha (What Life Plants, Death Harvests)
* 26" x 37"
* Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, varnished. Custom painted frame.
Lo Que La Vida Planta, La Muerte Cosecha (What Life Plants, Death Harvests) tells a story of the cycle of life, its fragility and strength. Inspired by the spirit of Shalak’s late Abuelita Hilda (grandmother), she envisioned her in her youth with the abundance of life exuding from her, she became a godlike cultivator, planting seedlings that she carries on her back. They are each personified and have their own emotions of being planted in this big garden, they bloom into flowers, each living their existence until Death comes to harvest and collect them. This story reminds us that death is part of a circular life journey that does not have a beginning nor an end. On the surface the flowers seem to grow as individuals, but under the soil they are all interconnected through complex root and micro-organism systems; a thought about life existing as symbiotic communities. Plant, animal, mineral, and the natural elements all flourish as an intertwined entity.
This piece is part of our exhibition Sembrando, the first exhibition of Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack (Clandestinos Arts) in Toronto. The Clandestinos duo came together for a culmination of their collaborative mastery and 10-year anniversary since their first show together as an art powerhouse collective. Including exclusive and never shown works, Sembrando is a rare opportunity for the artists’ uncensored expressive liberation outside public and commissioned artworks.
Sembrando in Spanish, translates to ‘sowing’, a free-hand scattering of seeds into the earth with the intent to germinate. Following this metaphor for growth, both artists blossomed forth from South American soil and continue to bring many of their foundational Latinx cultural attitudes into each art piece. A strong emphasis is placed on the consecration of nature and fostering a greater familial identity shared amongst all people, a universal culture mix or ‘mestizaje’. The artworks presented in Sembrando speak to the importance of evolution within the artistic process and within life’s journey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack have continued to prosper as a collaborative force, in art, in love and more recently in parenthood to their young daughter Violeta.