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Neil Gaiman said, “Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”
It wasn’t until my arrival to the US when I realize the struggle that it is to be a woman in society. From my Latina background, the behaviors I was told to tolerate are now considered verbal, physical and mental assault towards women.
For many years I kept silent, but now I turn my craft and design into the language of women empowerment.
In my search for help and healing, I found witchcraft to be the spiritual connection of humans and nature, a connection that long seems lost. I notice that the symbols of women, snakes and flowers were repetitive throughout my research.
In early civilizations, snakes depicted protection, immortality and strength; later to be cruelly destroyed by Christianity in an attempt to unite through hate against pagan beliefs. In fact, Christianity built most of the misunderstandings of early medicine, physics and chemistry, associating biological instincts to acts of the devil.
A powerful mechanism to place women, the creators of life underneath weak toxic masculinity. But this is not a speech against men, it’s a embracing these symbols into women.
From the snakes I started my exploration of silhouette, attributing the powers of protection, immortality and strength by twisting over the body. Trying to break with the misconception of Halloween-like witch, I chose the colors of flowers to tone femininity. Through ombré schemes, I visualize the flow and movement of the flower’s life cycles, a juxtaposition of the immortality of the snake.