THE FOCUS

SELECTS: ANDRÉS BUSTAMANTE

MAR. 16, 2020

Curatorial Statement:

Silent Violence is a humble attempt at curating a visual representation of astral realms.

In my brief human journey, I have had the benediction of tasting and seeing the glory of Nature's splendor. Through Her plant teachers, I’ve seen the way She leads the beautiful abstraction we call human existence; a psychonauts journey of the mind.

Many splendorous travels have led me to plant medicines that have altered my reality and caused a magnificent rebirth within. The curated artists below evoke a recollection of awe and wonder I dare to share with all.

With the use of shape, color, pattern and material, the works are as gentle as they are chaotic. Creating dimensions of their own while reminding of the dismantling of my own reality.

A dance of transcending magnitude I lovingly refer to as Silent Violence.”

— Andrés Bustamante, March 2020


Silent Violence features work by Linda King FergusonHeather HartmanSisavanh PhouthavongKayla Rumpp, and Kelly S. Williams.


"The slender shape of the painting is reminiscent of an hourglass. A brief flashback crosses my mind…. What is time? What is existence? Is this forever? Reality?

Linda King Ferguson, Equivalence 76, oil, acrylic, and acrylic stain on cut stretched linen, 20” x 16”, 2020

Linda King Ferguson, Equivalence 76, oil, acrylic, and acrylic stain on cut stretched linen, 20” x 16”, 2020

The medicine has a tender yet authoritative shape to the manner in which She disciplines its user. Bringing light what has been hidden to welcome a transformation.

Linda King Ferguson, Equivalence 71, acrylic, and acrylic stain on cut stretched linen, 28” x 28”, 2019

Linda King Ferguson, Equivalence 71, acrylic, and acrylic stain on cut stretched linen, 28” x 28”, 2019

She reached deep into my brain with thin and slender fingers. Performing a ritualistic surgery within. Restructuring neural pathways with Her magic. Restructuring my thoughts and awareness. A tingling sensation, she was touching my pineal gland. The unseen eye.

Kayla Rumpp, Teeter, acrylic, foam board, on wood, enlarged popsicle sticks ascending towards the center, 40" x 40" 6", 2019

Kayla Rumpp, Teeter, acrylic, foam board, on wood, enlarged popsicle sticks ascending towards the center, 40" x 40" 6", 2019

The all seeing, omnipresence of the I Am manifested in all that has breath.

Kayla Rumpp, Chhaya, acrylic on wood, painted jenga blocks, 8" x 12" x 2", 2019

Kayla Rumpp, Chhaya, acrylic on wood, painted jenga blocks, 8" x 12" x 2", 2019

There is a grid to this existence.

Like a computer program that each one of us designs to specification.

Am I aware of this magic?

Kelly S. Williams, A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met, acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 40” diameter, 2018

Kelly S. Williams, A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met, acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 40” diameter, 2018

Open your eyes and remember that everything has presence. A million eyes watch over you and call your name.

Kelly S. Williams, Little Blue Eyes Acrylic, vinyl oil on wood, 29” diameter, 2017

Kelly S. Williams, Little Blue Eyes Acrylic, vinyl oil on wood, 29” diameter, 2017

Rebirthing from Mother’s warm and tender womb. There's a burning sensation in my eyes which peels the veil of reality as I am reborn.

Heather Hartman, Burst IV, oil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and polyester mesh, 32" x 30"

Heather Hartman, Burst IV, oil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and polyester mesh, 32" x 30"

Divinity. Am I aware of my, yours, theirs, Her divinity?

Heather Hartman, The Ecstasy of an Unformed Saint, oil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and polyester mesh, 16" x 15", 2012

Heather Hartman, The Ecstasy of an Unformed Saint, oil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and polyester mesh, 16" x 15", 2012

The defragmentation of reality violently breaks me free. Leave this cage which traps the mind."

— Andrés Bustamante, March 2020

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Aftermath: Secret War on Laos Series, acrylic on board, installation view, 12' x 8'

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Aftermath: Secret War on Laos Series, acrylic on board, installation view, 12' x 8'

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Indirect Traffic: Secret War on Laos #10, resin, wood, tape, acrylic paint, 18" x 6", 2020

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Indirect Traffic: Secret War on Laos #10, resin, wood, tape, acrylic paint, 18" x 6", 2020

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Indirect Traffic: Secret War on Laos #8, resin, wood, tape, acrylic paint, 18" x 6", 2020

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Indirect Traffic: Secret War on Laos #8, resin, wood, tape, acrylic paint, 18" x 6", 2020

Curator Bio:

Andrés Bustamante @andresbustm is an interdisciplinary artist born in Cali, Colombia based in Nashville, TN. He attended Watkins College of Art followed by a self-taught, experimental practice. Curiosity is a catalyst to various mediums, exploring the abstraction in human emotion and human existence. Informed by questions about reality, divinity, psychonaut journeys, and the mystery of life.

There is an unquenched search for awe and wonder reflected in his creative process. Bustamante is passionate about community empowerment, diversity and inclusion in the visual arts (Persona Contemporary @personacontemporary).

He is also an outspoken advocate for the decriminalization of plant medicines to further the healing of all living beings (@decriminalizenature maps.org, @mapsnews).

Andrés Bustamante

Andrés Bustamante

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