HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Monday, March 31

Isak Dinesen

2008 mixed media
The entire being of a woman
is a secret which should be kept.

- Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)

We all have secrets.

Secret recipes...
Secret fantasies...
Secret talents...
Secret places...
Secret dreams and longings...

I constantly discover secret aspects of myself...it is part of the mystery and miracle of life...

Sunday, March 30

Julia Child

2008 mixed media
Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

- Julia Child (1912-2004)

What are you passionate about?

Do you keep tremendously interested in it?

Saturday, March 29

Ava Gardner

2008 mixed media


Fame and fortune does not mean anything if you don't have a happy home.

- Ava Gardner (1922-1990)


I could not agree more...

Friday, March 28

Gabriela Mistral

2008 mixed media
Madre, madre, tú me besas,
pero yo te beso más,
y el enjambre de mis besos
no te deja ni mirar...

Si la abeja se entra al lirio,
no se siente su aletear.
Cuando escondes a tu hijito
ni se le oye respirar...

Yo te miro, yo te miro
sin cansarme de mirar,
y qué lindo niño veo
a tus ojos asomar...

El estanque copia todo
lo que tú mirando estás;
pero tú en las niñas tienes
a tu hijo y nada más.

Los ojitos que me diste
me los tengo de gastar
en seguirte por los valles,
por el cielo y por el mar...

- Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)

Have you ever written a poem - or a note of love - to your Mother?

The bond between Mother and Child is sacred...

Thursday, March 27

Marie Antoinette

2008 mixed media
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.

- Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)

What have we forgotten?

Have we forgotten to smile?

Have we forgotten to forgive?

Have we forgotten to play?

Have we forgotten to pray?

...how do we remember?

Wednesday, March 26

Hildegard von Bingen

2008 mixed media


The earth which sustains humanity must not be injured, it must not be destroyed.

- Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Do we treat our planet as a living being?

Do we regard and respect her as Mother Earth?

Tuesday, March 25

Consuelo Velázquez

2008 mixed media
Bésame, bésame mucho,
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez.

Bésame, bésame mucho,
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después.

Quiero tenerte muy cerca,
Mirarme en tus ojos,
Y estar junto a tí.

Piensa que tal vez mañana,
Estaré muy lejos,
Muy lejos de aquí.

Bésame, bésame mucho,
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después.

- Consuelo Velázquez (1917- 2005)
This is one of the most romantic songs ever written.

Who would you dance with?

Whose kisses do you crave?

To whom do you dedicate this song?

Monday, March 24

Madeleine L'Engle

2008 mixed media
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

- Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007)

Children are so much wiser than grown-ups...

What happens to us once we grow-up?

What do we forget?

Sunday, March 23

Edna Dean Proctor

2008 mixed media
The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel's wings
If one should earthward fare.

- Edna Dean Proctor (mid-1800’s –1923)

The sweep of an angel’s wings...

Do you believe in angels?

Saturday, March 22

Božena Němcová

2008 mixed media
I wanted to fill that emptiness in my heart,
but I did not know what with.

- Božena Němcová (1820-1862)

To acknowledge an emptiness or a longing in one’s heart is valiant.
Most people live in denial.

As human beings, all of us have a deep yearning for something more.

I believe that something more is found in The Divine – God – Goddess – Higher Being.

I find God in Mother Nature.

I see God in the innocence and ancient wisdom of children.

I feel God in the Arts.

Friday, March 21

Tallulah Bankhead

2008 mixed media
If I had my life to live over again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.

- Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)

Mistakes teach us.

They are stepping-stones.

In my sculpture, I have made brilliant mistakes...

Thursday, March 20

Margarita Debayle Sacasa

2008 mixed media
Tell me a story...

- Margarita Debayle Sacasa (20th century - timeless)

It was March 1908 and the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío was on holiday with the Debayle-Sacasa family on La Isla del Cardón.

On a whim, he promised an adorable little girl, Margarita, that when she turned fifteen, he would write her a poem. Margarita then asked the internationally-famous poet to just tell her a story instead. Thus was born one of the most beloved poems in Latin American literature: A MARGARITA DEBAYLE.

When I was about three years old, I had the honor of reciting the poem to my beautiful great-grand-aunt, my Tía Margarita.

The purest of souls, Margarita exuded innocence and spontaneity throughout all of her life...retaining a magical child-like wonder of the world.

Today, we celebrate 100 years of the poem she inspired.

Today, we celebrate Margarita, immortalized as the eternal muse of Rubén Darío.

The poem is a timeless story of a little princess who dares to follow her dreams:

Margarita, está linda la mar,
y el viento
lleva esencia sutil de azahar;
yo siento
en el alma una alondra cantar;
tu acento.
Margarita, te voy a contar
un cuento.

Este era un rey que tenía
un palacio de diamantes,
una tienda hecha del día
y un rebaño de elefantes.

Un kiosko de malaquita,
un gran manto de tisú,
y una gentil princesita,
tan bonita,
Margarita,
tan bonita como tú.

Una tarde la princesa
vio una estrella aparecer;
la princesa era traviesa
y la quiso ir a coger.

La quería para hacerla
decorar un prendedor,
con un verso y una perla,
una pluma y una flor.

Las princesas primorosas
se parecen mucho a ti.
Cortan lirios, cortan rosas,
cortan astros. Son así.

Pues se fue la niña bella,
bajo el cielo y sobre el mar,
a cortar la blanca estrella
que la hacía suspirar.

Y siguió camino arriba,
por la luna y más allá;
mas lo malo es que ella iba
sin permiso del papá.

Cuando estuvo ya de vuelta
de los parques del Señor,
se miraba toda envuelta
en un dulce resplandor.

Y el rey dijo: "¿Qué te has hecho?
Te he buscado y no te hallé;
y ¿qué tienes en el pecho,
que encendido se te ve?"

La princesa no mentía,
y así, dijo la verdad:
"Fui a cortar la estrella mía
a la azul inmensidad."

Y el rey clama: "¿No te he dicho
que el azul no hay que tocar?
¡Qué locura! ¡Qué capricho!
El Señor se va a enojar."

Y dice ella: "No hubo intento:
yo me fui no sé por qué;
por las olas y en el viento
fui a la estrella y la corté."

Y el papá dice enojado:
"Un castigo has de tener:
vuelve al cielo, y lo robado
vas ahora a devolver."

La princesa se entristece
por su dulce flor de luz,
cuando entonces aparece
sonriendo el buen Jesús.

Y así dice: "En mis campiñas
esa rosa le ofrecí:
son mis flores de las niñas
que al soñar piensan en mí."

Viste el rey ropas brillantes,
y luego hace desfilar
cuatrocientos elefantes
a la orilla de la mar.

La princesa está bella,
pues ya tiene el prendedor,
en que lucen, con la estrella,
verso, perla, pluma y flor.

Margarita, está linda la mar,
y el viento
lleva esencia sutil de azahar:
tu aliento.

Ya que lejos de mí vas a estar
guarda, niña, un gentil pensamiento
al que un día te quiso contar
un cuento.

Wednesday, March 19

Katharine Meyer Graham

2008 mixed media

The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity. Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact power has no sex.

- Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001)
Power has no gender. I have always known that.

I come from a long lineage of extremely powerful women.

I was brought up believing that women are actually more powerful than men...but that this secret power must never be verbalized, much less boasted about...

The men in my life are secure enough to respect and honor my power in all its glorious femininity.

Tuesday, March 18

Juliette Gordon Low

2008 mixed media
Ours is a circle of friends
united by ideals.

- Juliette Gordon Low (1860–1927)


Who is in your circle of friends?

Are you united by ideals?

Monday, March 17

Rachel Carson

2008 mixed media
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

- Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Mother Earth is waking up from a deep winter slumber.
Let us go on a walk today and contemplate her beauty...
Let us be in awe...

Sunday, March 16

Harriet Tubman

2008 mixed media
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

- Harriet Tubman (approximately 1818–1913)

Are you a dreamer?

Do you have

- the strength

- the patience

- the passion

to reach for the stars?

to change your world?

I believe you do...I believe we all do...

What is your great dream?

Saturday, March 15

Diana Vreeland

2008 mixed media

Elegance is innate.
It has nothing to do with being well dressed.
Elegance is refusal.

- Diana Vreeland (1903-1989)



Some of the most elegant women I’ve met have never worn designer rags.

They are neither famous nor infamous.

These women carry themselves with a deep sense of self-confidence that does not come from carrying the latest Dior or Chanel handbag.

Instead of Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, they often go barefoot and occasionally don simple sandals or flip-flops.

These women refuse to let poverty alter their sense of worth; they are rich in spirit...

Friday, March 14

Saint Teresa of Ávila

2008 mixed media
Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it. We don’t remember that we are creatures made in the image of God. We don’t understand the great secrets hidden inside of us.

- Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)


How do we recognize and understand these great secrets within us?

Do these hidden secrets scare us?

Thursday, March 13

Makeda, Queen of Sheba

2008 mixed media
Wisdom is
sweeter than honey,
brings more joy
than wine,
illumines
more than the sun,
is more precious
than jewels.

She causes
the ears to hear
and the heart to comprehend.

I love her
like a mother,
and she embraces me
as her own child.

I will follow
her footprints
and she will not cast me away.

- Makeda, Queen of Sheba (ca. 960/1000 B.C.)

This is one of my favorite quotes – it is more of a prayer. I often travel with it as a book marker and always keep a copy on my altar.

Wednesday, March 12

Peace Pilgrim

2008 mixed media
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens.
If you have them, you have to take care of them!
There is great freedom in simplicity of living.

It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.

- Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)


What are the unnecessary burdens in our lives?

What possessions possess us?

How can we simplify our lives today?

Spring is a wonderful time to give away, recycle...
...to cleanse and renew mind, body and spirit...

Tuesday, March 11

Lee Krasner

2008 mixed media

I never violate an inner rhythm. I loathe to force anything...I don't know if the inner rhythm is Eastern or Western. I know it is essential for me. I listen to it and I stay with it. I have always been this way. I have regards for the inner voice.

- Lee Krasner (1908-1984)


Do we recognize our inner rhythm?

Do we listen to our inner voice?

Do we keep busy in an attempt to silence them?

Monday, March 10

Marguerite Yourcenar

2008 mixed media
I have never seasoned a truth with the sauce of a lie in order to digest it more easily.

- Marguerite Yourcenar
(1903-1987)

Seasoning the truth with the sauce (or spice) of a lie...I believe it is human nature to lie to oneself from time to time...

Is it healthy? No, I doubt it.

Have we all done it? Yes, I believe so.

Lately, I have come to prefer foods in their natural state with limited spices and sauces. I have found this way of eating is actually better for my health and digestion. Could the same be said of digesting truth in its natural state? Yes, I believe so...although one must be courageous enough to swallow it...to chew on it long enough and to avoid choking...

Sunday, March 9

Remedios Varo

2008 mixed media
On second thought, I think I am crazier than my goat.

- Remedios Varo (1908-1963)

There is a Spanish saying, which I grew up with:

mas loca que una cabra OR

crazier than a goat

In Granada, Nicaragua I have recently heard:

mas loca que una cabra en bicicleta

crazier than a goat on a bicycle

At times, aren't we all crazier than goats on bicycles...?

...trying to pedal our way through life

striving for balance and stability while moving along...

Saturday, March 8

Annie Besant

2008 mixed media
Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class.

- Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Liberty – is directly related to primordial femininity...

Friday, March 7

Dalida

2008 mixed media
Une femme qui vit à fond sa féminité est par là même l'égale des hommes.

- Dalida (1933-1987)
I agree that when a woman has the courage to fully embrace her femininity, she has access to her strength. However, although I am a staunch believer in equal rights, I do not wish to be a man’s equal...I am so much more...

Our femininity is our power. And by “femininity” I am not referring to wearing trendy pink fashions, being perfectly pretty and polite and religiously going to salons to have manicures, pedicures, waxings, highlights, botox and facials. Femininity has nothing to do with being a superficial Stepford wife. Let us not forget, Stepford wives are life-less trophy robots designed by men.

Femininity is way beyond the physical – it is a spiritual state of being. It is our intuition. It is our primordial energy that embodies the goddess – the mother...the Divine...

Thursday, March 6

Tamara de Lempicka

2008 mixed media
My aim: never copy.
Create a new style, light, brilliant colours,
And sense the elegance in your models.

- Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)

Never copy...

It is one thing is to be influenced by other artists, designers.
It is quite another thing to copy.

To copy is to have no shame and no self-worth, worse yet – no voice.
How can you be proud of yourself if you copy?

Wednesday, March 5

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

2008 mixed media
What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the windowpane?

- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994)

Having a family, a child, a home – is work – a full-time job.

When Luis and I start a family, we plan to incorporate my art – my sculpture – my writing – my painting with our child. I cannot imagine just being “a mom” – that would not be fair to our child, to my husband...or to myself.

I was born an artist. I need to create, to think, to dream – art is my soul’s work and what shall make me better parent one day...

Tuesday, March 4

Golda Meir

2008 mixed media
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

- Golda Meir (1898-1978)


...the inner sparks of possibility...I love that...and how often we ignore these sparks...

Monday, March 3

Gloria Swanson

2008 mixed media



I always look ahead.

I never regret.

I have excitement every waking minute.

- Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983)








Ms. Swanson sounds just like my Mother.
Mom is the most positive person I know.
Mom lives in the moment - for the moment.
She does not waste time in looking back, much less in regretting.
Mom is my hero and my inspiration...

Sunday, March 2

Margaret Hamilton

2008 mixed media
It's not subtle or restrained. It's not any of the things you like to think apply to your acting.

- Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985)

Ms. Hamilton is best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West from one of my favorite films, The Wizard of Oz.

Saturday, March 1

Louise Nevelson

2008 mixed media
When you are doing a piece you are with it. You don't want to wait until next week, when experience will have given you something else.

- Louise Nevelson (1899-1988)

This is true for me. When I am working on one of my designs, one of my sculptures, it takes over – there is nothing else – I work almost in a trance state – a sacred trance, in which I feel I am channeling the Divine – God.