Teaching Artist Spotlight:
PATRICIA ANN ZAMORA (PAZ)
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Love After Love, Acrylic, 80 in. x 36 in. 

My name is Patricia Ann Zamora (PAZ) and my artist name is PAZ which means Peace in Spanish. My Family Estrada is indigenous to North America and has lived for seven generations on Peach Street in Livingston, California. I am a daughter of Rufino Zamora (Michoacan, Mexico) and Genevieve Estrada (Guanajuato, Mexico). My father was a farmworker and became disabled working in a factory and my mother was devoted to raising their nine children. I became politicized in the fifth grade, through the influence of my sister Martha and brother Xavier, both artists and activists.  They helped me see the world through the lens of class, color, and gender. My culture, creativity, and art have been my way through, out, up, and forward. My life and artwork are dedicated to my healing and my creative voice allows my trauma to become a force in the world for justice, action, and transformation.  

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I have worked with  Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco for 13 years and as Director of Citywide Creative Arts for nine years. I serve on the Board of the Arts Education Alliance for the Bay Area and SF Human Rights Working Group around anti-racism and equity. I currently am the teaching artist for the Community Artist Intern for Southern Exposure program and an Alum/Facilitator/Member of the Leadership Group for A PLACE OF HER OWN. As an Alumnae and Teaching Artist for “A PLACE OF HER OWN”, I have launched PAZWORKS whose mission is to  HEAL-THY:ONE WOMXN AT A TIME.  HEAL-THY seeks to engage intergenerational Womxn of color in a collective community process of workshops in which they are able to examine the aspects of their internal life that lead to leadership transformation. Womxn practice creative self-expression in a safe and welcoming space to affirm their aspirations. My belief is that each womxn will make next level choices for personal, family and community growth.

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HEAL-THY

My 2019 art piece in PLACE is 7Seven. Using found objects, my mother’s clothesline became my inspiration for answering the question, “If I Had a Place of my Own” what would it be? 7 white cloth banners blow in the wind symbolizing: 7 generations, 7 chakras, 7 sisters. Each cloth has a letter spelling  HEAL - THY which is the word Healthy…whose root meaning is being whole, sound or well, uninjured. The iconic clothesline is symbolic of cleansing and airing of the dirty laundry of shame and guilt that festers in unhealed trauma.

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Enough is Enough, Acrylic, Multi-medium, 3 panels, 40 in. x 30 in. 

Artist Statement

As a Creative, I encompass social practice, traditional culture, family, and community as a visual,  artivist. All of my art pieces and practice are my aspirations for personal and ancestral healing.

At a young age, I began writing plays, drawing, dancing and music making despite a home environment that did not nourish art and expression.

My mentors, elders and lived experience have helped me understand the  deep effects of racialized trauma on my family and among communities of color. My creative expression seeks to challenge beliefs that hold me back and that perpetuate family patterns that have been passed down through generations of colonization.

As a Latinx, Mexica, Chicana, I grew up in a rural community in the Central Valley and migrated to Chicago and San Francisco. My life work is to create safe space that will empower young people to  see, hear and love themselves. The role of elders, family and community is vital in this process. To heal a young person is to heal a community, and heal a world. 

My current art practice is influenced by years in living with an amazing poet, ceremony and spiritual exploration of reconnecting with myself of, through and beyond my personal and family trauma. I am a visual mixed medium artist/ I use emergent teaching practices in allyship with those I teach in workshops. As an Alumnae and Teaching Artist for “A PLACE OF HER OWN”, I have launched PAZWORKS whose mission is to  HEAL-THY:ONE WOMXN AT A TIME.

HEAL-THY seeks to engage intergenerational Womxn of color in a collective community process of workshops in which they are able to examine the aspects of their internal life that lead to leadership transformation. Womxn practice creative self-expression in a safe and welcoming space to affirm their aspirations. My belief is that each womxn will make next level choices for personal, family and community growth.

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Root To Spirit, Mix Mediums Acrylic, Collage, 7 panels each 30 in. x 22 in.