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~ I use analogue collage as a transformative and integrative medium to map the sensory, emotional bodyscape, reclaim the personal mythology and weave it in the fabric of the collective narrative. ~

 

Portrait of artist Sandra Gea standing in the sunlight wearing a white hoodie by Canadian photographer Paul Fletcher | collage as storytelling

I have never forgotten who I was before the world told me who I should be - the canary in the coal mine, a highly sensitive child, creative, intuitive, sharp observer, deep listener, a truth teller wise beyond her years. 

By the age of eight, I had been instructed in the family stories of Spanish civil war, immigration, grief, and pain.

At that same time, a random act of kindness held me the key to my salvation and vocation. A travelling master cutler gifted me a pair of scissors as a thank you for filling his water bottle. The scissors have never left my pencil case since. To this day, I continue cutting my analogue collages with these precious blades.

I studied translation and interpretation and have lived in Spain, Greece and Malta since graduating. Together with French and Spanish - my mother tongues - I am fluent in English, Italian and Greek.

In my early thirties, following an existential and spiritual breakdown, I finally embraced the creative path that had been waiting for me since my childhood. I created collages, first as a practice to make sense of my reality and heal by rearranging my inner chaos into pieces of beauty. Later, as my artistic voice and offering in this world.

This journey into self-healing brought a deep reconnection with my body wisdom and the healing tradition of my family lineage. 

My maternal great grandmother was a curandera, a healer, though I prefer to call myself a medicine woman as I believe the medicine for our healing is already in us. I can only heal myself, yet, from this experience, I can hold a sacred space, be a presence, be a deep listener, a nurturer and a guide for your healing, too.

Testimonials of family members have led me to assume that my great grandmother was an energy healer. Even if there is no record of her practice, through deep listening, empathy and earth based nurturing wisdom, her heritage and guidance live in my heart, in what I call the gift of touch and presence.

By touch, I do not mean a physical but a more subtle one, heart to heart, soul to soul. The medicine is the liberating  wisdom of our truth that reconnects us with our nature, a place of joy, lightness and flow.

~ My credo: nurture people so they empower themselves

Over the years of facilitating workshops to people from all walks of life: prison inmates, women victim of domestic abuse, children with autism, individuals longing for homecoming to their true selves, I witnessed the vulnerability of being human, of showing up with one's wounds, fears and missteps. I observed that when held in a space of compassion where they felt acknowledged without judgement, individuals would find the courage to open their hearts, surrender and cross bridges to a new place within themselves, to be empowered protagonists in their transformation and healing.

I believe in the importance of self-cultivation and being true to my nature. My daily practice and life motto are summed up in three words: Be, Feel, Flow.

Be: Present and accepting the here and now, rooted in my body.

Feel: Tuned to my sensory and emotional cues.

Flow: Action or no action from my body core instinct and intuition.

 

As human qualities, I value warmth of heart, compassion, self-expression, depth, dignity, courage and generosity.

I find solace in a simple and minimalistic lifestyle while my inner fire is manifested in the material with analogue collage, poetry writing, voice and movement practices and improvising healthy meals.

I love collecting real life stories from strangers. I am the happiest walking barefoot in nature and listening to the silent whisper of the stones in ancient archeological sites.

In 2022, I returned to the land of my ancestors in Andalusia to research my roots and lineage while deepening my practice of the art of Wu Wei, a contemplation of the words of the Tao Te Ching woven into the observance of my inner cycles and the seasons of this land.

If you are a sensitive creative longing for more freedom and flow in art and life, here is my invitation to a heart to heart - no strings attached - conversation.

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