Where Fire is BornFrom the Artist - Jeanette Rocha:
The designs and symbols in this room commemorate the Araro Jóskua, the place where the P’urhepecha fire surges. It's a space that evokes and honors the inner light and ancestral memory. For us P’urhepecha, many of our stories begin with the stars. The Araro Jóskua, or Orion constellation, depicted on the south wall, is an important gathering of stars. It is the place of our ancestors, where our fire rises from, and a guide for the people. The darker colors on this wall reflect the night sky representing an individual's unconscious, profound memory. The star designs are the light and strength. This strength, also symbolized with a sinsúni, or the hummingbird, is depicted on the west wall of the room. The overall colors of this wall are sunrise colors, the colors first seen before the sun shows itself. The sinsúni is perched on top of a maguey plant, a symbol for Mother Earth. Each of her leaves represent a tribe connected to her center, her heart. The south wall is a sunrise landscape with stars designs of different colors. The colors of each star might represent light emanating from one of the four directions. Light that we begin with each day.
About Jeanette Rocha
Jeanette Aguilar Rocha, P'urhépecha from Queréndaro, Michoacán, was born in Watsonville, California. At the age of 14 her family moved to Chicago, Illinois where she found an avenue of expression in graffiti. As a graffiti writer, her focus became letter style and color. She learned to control movement and light in darkness using aerosol, her preferred medium. She went on to study photography at Northern Illinois University giving her an opportunity to experiment with other media while further studying the displacement of people from homelands. Jeanette currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she teaches art at a public school in the west side. She participates in various art gallery group shows in both Phoenix and Chicago. She is part of Neoglyphix, an original all indigenous aerosol art collective. Her work can be seen in murals throughout Phoenix; 16th Street, the west side, south side, as well as the Salt River community.