Human beings have the capacity to change their appearance as often and as many as they desire. They can dye their hair to change its color and they get tattoos and body piercings. They can also buy clothing that will make them appear thinner and they can embellish themselves with expensive accessories and jewelries.
That being said, many of us have internal struggles, joys and fears but it is often masked by our external appearance. Many times, the one who will be able to transform us into a person that radiates outside what is inside are people we don’t know. This is what Heather Aguilera, a local artist, has been up to.
She was a resident of Laguna Beach, California but in 2001, she decided to move to St. Augustine. She gave birth to a son in 2007.
Aguilera has always been artistic and creative thus she used her talent to make some money through face painting. She shared her experience in Miami where she met a body painter and she was attracted to the particular work of art. It was at that moment that she realized that she wants to do just that. She was even more hooked as she started to paint her own face, then her body and eventually tried with her pregnant belly.
For the last 10 years, Aguilera has created various body paintings. She shared how she eventually come to realize that body painting is not just something she loves because of its beauty but because it transformed and healed her at the same time. In the beginning, people might feel shy and exposed to the world but as their body is painted, they eventually feel how liberating and free it is.
The Cultural Center located at Ponte Vedra Beach will be showcasing the works of Aguilera. They will be featuring seven digital large canvas prints at The Art of Healing Exhibition. The exhibit will explore more about art interpretation, art making as well as the arts that can be achieved through music. The exhibit will be available to the public for viewing until the 26th of May.