I look for opportunities to creatively connect with the local landscape, cultivating reciprocal relationships with the land and people.
Juliana is community-engaged environmental artist who supports individuals and community groups to establish their own cultural significance through skill sharing, including all stages of ethically harvesting and processing raw plant materials for art-making and environmental art practice.
Respectfully using ancestral skills and traditional knowledge that navigates across cultures, and mainly working with garden trims and invasive plants, her work also aims to support local ecological restoration that fosters native ecology.
Plants have been important teachers and have allowed her to explore different technologies to interrelate with the territories she inhabits. Interacting with plants as more-than-human beings who carry intrinsic knowledge has been her entry point for an ongoing search for relationship with the natural world, informed by her practice in visual arts and a background in contemporary sculpture and installation.
Born in Muysca territory in the Colombian Andes (known as Bogotá today), and now gratefully living with her family on the unceded Traditional Territory of the K’òmoks First Nation (Comox Valley, Vancouver Island), she navigates the discomfort of the colonial scar (or open wound) present in these places in addition to the one she carries, inviting a creative conversation that works as medicine. What are the places that love her back? She is constantly longing for that relationship and looking to establish a two-way presence in the land.
Alongside this practice, she has worked in the non-profit and public sectors as a curator and arts administrator developing interactive exhibitions, public art installations, and delivering arts programming that activates diverse audiences to support community participation.
Your work moved me. I can’t wait to share it with children, youth and others in my community.– Nicole, Workshop Participant