"My work and my life are steeped in capturing acts of kindness, courage and compassion. Those who inspire moments like this show that everything is possible. On January 5, 2018, I was in a car accident that impaired the use of my arms and hands. Having a mobile disability is new to me, so understanding my limitations can be painful at times; however, I received the gift of the time needed to create space in order to develop a new process and a ritual of making by achieving the 2020 California Arts Council, A State Agency Arts and Accessibility grant provided by the National Arts and Disability Center of UCLA, as well as a grant from the Foundation for Cultural Innovation, 2020."
Maria Medina-Schechter is a California-based artist and youth empowerment advocate with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, 1998. Originally accepted into Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for a M.F.A in painting in 1999, she later initiated her graduate work with New York University in 2006, working towards a Masters in Visual Art Administration. Medina-Schechter graduated with a Masters in International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany. Medina-Schechter has been a painter and cultural practitioner for over 26 years. Bi-racial and bilingual drifting between various cultures, she works with language, text, various textures, and primarily in oils and collage to highlight the narrative of healing and hope. She is inspired by the late Symbolists, whose movement was shaped by beliefs that behind the physical world, lay a spiritual reality.
Over the last two decades, Maria has traveled to seventeen countries, learning various healing modalities, and recently completed her 2020 body of work:
Femme de Courage Extraordinaire
"Today, I look for ease and presence in the ritual and reunion of process. It is my life's work to preserve public voices about acts of courage, kindness, and compassion.
Social Equity Statement
I am an artist trying to find a common language for communication. I am neither American, European or any other nationality, but simply a person sharing my life and what I have come to understand about healing. I do not accept national identities or assume cultural characteristics; I cannot be responsible for our government's short-term myopia; I choose to believe in the common decency of all the people who populate our countries. I respect and affirm all of our nations cultural uniqueness in visual art, performance art, music, and literature. I celebrate the diversity of viewpoints and milieu. I neither condone nor condemn current geo-political realities. I seek to understand our differences and celebrate the diversity of our viewpoints. I do not hate, and I do not seek to encourage xenophobia in any nation. I want to understand our differences and find common ground where we can choose to disagree but respect each unique viewpoint. People-to-people contact is the best way for nations to understand and respect each other. I seek dialog, compassion and understanding. My path in life is dedicated to bringing some added light to those who encourage acts of kindness, courage, and compassion.
In 2021, 5% of all sales will go to support the following organizations who are working towards securing an equitable future for all documented and undocumented Americans.
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5ft.4.5ft.x1in. oils, paper collage, resin cast flowers and all other objects; found, borrowed or bought, textiles and sewing. 3/27/21.