East Los Angeles College , 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez , Monterey Park, CA 91754
Titled Meow Buddha Vista presents six large scale paintings, on unstretched canvas that Vista began in 2005. The paintings integrate bold colors and patterns combined with personal symbolism and spiritual definitions. Vista comes from a formal background that is seen in her use of stripes and geometric designs. Also, evident is her influence of the "Pattern and Decoratiion" movement of the l980's.
Vista stated that the Buddha series began with the ideas of a Buddha in every painting, however because of her studies of eastern religion and her family's beliefs that "God is everywhere", the Buddha images began to take on animal and plant forms.
Constance Mallison, artist, Los Angeles reviewer for Art in America and contributor to Vista's exhibition catalogue wrote:
"Universals are put into tension with the intuitve, subjective and spiritual as a chaotic dream world of animal
human spirits, fragments of memories, and colors like shocking pink evoking healing and renewal, circulates
among the rational and non-objective suggested grids and geometry."
The museum installation is evocative of a "Zen" environment with temporal room lighting balancing highlights on each of the six paintings. Vista's childhood inspiration was Mark Rothko. This exhibit reflexs her influence of Rothko's spirtiual ambitions.
Karla Klarin and Sandra Vista at Meow Buddha ("Be Good" in background)
Vista between "Grand Zazen" and "Bull Stupa"
Juan Delgado, Sandra Vista, Mark Contreras
Karen Rapp, Museum Director, viewing "Grand Zazen"