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A “New Normal” Mixed Media Series

  • Click through to see Andrea's mixed media series.

  • Unexpected joy; Mixed media image by Andrea Lofthouse Quesada.

  • Looking inside; Mixed media image by Andrea Lofthouse Quesada.

  • Searching for the softest grass; Mixed media image by Andrea Lofthouse Quesada.

  • Family and friends; Mixed media image by Andrea Lofthouse Quesada.

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Unexpected joy
As precarious and fleeting as a beautiful moment is, I invest in the beauty, possibility and inherent strength of these moments. Creating a dreamscape from all of that.

Looking inside
Grappling with how to care for our community, it wasn’t until weeks into the Pandemic that I could see what this work was doing to me and my soul. A couple young women in my life encouraged me to practice healthy routines and “find pleasure in the pedestrian.”

Searching for the softest grass
Almost each day, I walk to and from my Mom’s house in the Bean Tract. One afternoon, I noticed a certain softness emerging, lawns were bursting with life and diversity. A subliminal/collective sigh of relief. We were unconsciously letting go of our control of nature. I started searching for the softest grass.

Family and friends
From “Pandemic” by Lynn Ungar
“Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
Of compassion that move invisibly,
Where we cannot touch.”

 

Andrea Lofthouse Quesada is a science teacher at Alhambra High School, a transdisciplinary artist and former Planning Commissioner in the City of Alhambra. This summer, Andrea is a fellow with Arts for LA and working on strengthening the cultural infrastructure of the West San Gabriel Valley.


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A “New Normal” Essay: A Conclusion


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