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Newsletter #26: Malinalco, Murals, Art Class with Anna, Axolotl Project
Hello, I hope this email finds you well. I have been quiet of late, but am slowly gaining artistic momentum again, in this uncertain and difficult time for all. I wanted to share some recent arty news, and to send good wishes in the run up to the holiday season - I hope it is as enjoyable and relaxed time as possible! x

In June earlier this year, artist Bella Schauer and I took part in a collaborative artist's residency. We were lucky to spend time in a luscious a garden, found in beautiful 'Pueblo Magico' Malinalco, just outside of Mexico City.  Absorbed within the leaves, flowers, critters and hummingbirds; it was an organic, non-linear, illogical, sensitive, feminine, stream of artworks made in response to the individual plants, and the collective. Reading ‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’ we considered the wilder aspect of our lives and how to connect otherwise. We look forward to exhibiting a body of related works next year.
See more here and on Instagram
I have also recently had the opportunity to gain experience working as a mural painting assistant for feminist Mexican artist Maria Antonieta Canfield with several murals here in Mexico City. Here is work in progress of Time Out Mexico collaboration for Breast Cancer Awareness month. See more here.
Back in September (during my flying visit to the U.K.) I was offered a commission to design and paint a bumblebee and sunflower mural for local pub, The Running Stream. The pub landlord (and the locals) were pleased to have some colour and vibrancy in their pub garden... a bit of Mexico brought to Surrey.

In other news, I have been busy with teaching art classes to children this term in Mexico. I have two focusses within lessons, either observation drawing classes for older children, or engaging English as a second language practice through creative play, storytelling and themed crafts. 

Find more info about 'Art Class with Anna'
on Facebook and Instagram.
Another project from earlier this year involved placing painted tiles depicting the extinct 'Xerces Blue' butterfly around Frida Kahlo's neighbourhood, Coyoacán, Mexico; as a public intervention exhibition, part of Remembrance Day for Lost Species. See more here
And finally, I have exciting news to share about an upcoming research and drawing project for 2021, involving these little creatures, the Mexican salamander, the Axolotl. It is a collaboration with charity Creature Conserve, who bring artists and scientists together in the face of ecological breakdown, to encourage awareness and engagement with endangered and almost extinct animals. Axolotls are endemic to only two lakes south of Mexico City (one of which has already dried up). In the project I will be engaging with conservationists, the 'slow gaze' of drawing, a body of work for exhibition and collaborative mural in Mexico City - and I can't wait to get started.

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Anna Garrett · Falkner Road · Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS · United Kingdom

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