Snapshots & Soundbites Photo Essay: Anado Mclauchlin, Founder, Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

Snapshots & Soundbites Photo Essay:  Anado Mclauchlin, Founder, Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

The Snapshot & Soundbites photo essays are companion pieces to our People Are Culture podcast series.

Here we present observations on culture, kismet, creativity, home, and relationships that nurture & inspire us from Anado Mclauchlin, an assemblage & mosaic artist, and founder & curator of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in the Casa de Las Ranas Compound about a half hour outside San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Tune into our chat with Anado while you peruse his soundbites!

 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“Culture is the byproduct and the essence of sentient beings living amongst one another.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“Human culture is defined by different geographical locations and states of mind.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“Culture matters because it’s a thread that is intertwined with one another that creates a human tapestry, it’s what this whole existence is about. “


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“We are part of the essence of coming from women, it’s quite an amazing thing.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“The first arch called the ‘Arch to Nowhere’. Its sister arch is called the Arch to Now-Here. From nowhere--meaning emptiness--to now here--meaning the present.“


 
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“One night I was dreaming that I was driving my taxi and I was lost. I said aloud ‘Where am I?’ and a voice answered 'You’re on Kismet Street'. The next day I looked up the definition of ‘kismet’ and learned it means fate. That is the rule of my creative process. I am open to fate and what existence has to offer.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“There is nothing more important for a man than the relationship with his father. My father taught me everything about who I don’t need to be.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“My mother encouraged me to have beautiful things around me, to adorn my surroundings.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“In preparing for a workshop I created a mandala and above it wrote 'Siempre' in this childlike psychedelic writing to remind them and myself to always be in contact with that child-like scribbled nature of one’s creative process.”  


Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

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"Richard is the real anchor for me, someone who I run things by and he encourages me to do other work, I trust him, I trust his instincts. The chemistry of both being into art enables us to challenge one another.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“You hear the expression home is where the heart is, and that is the most incredible truth to mankind. It begins with the heart beat and the essence of who we are.”


Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

“The native people told me that the snake is the closest animal to the ground, and that the snake listens to what Mother Earth has to say and reports back. In terms of Christian and Jewish laws, the snake has gotten a bad rep, I’m here to give the snake a good rep.”


 
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“I work with what’s available. I like to combine and juxtapose trash in such a way that a sense of irony is tapped in to.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“Always be in contact with that childlike nature of your creative process. Leave the adult editor out of the situation and create from a childlike experience of wonder. “


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“I break all the rules of most professional mosaic artists. I just do it my way. I’m not the best in the world but I am probably one of the happiest.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“One of the expressions that I live by is that there are no rules, only consequences. That’s the way I like to live and indulge my art.”


 
Photo: Meg Pier

Photo: Meg Pier

 

“Connection is culture that can come together and meet in a place that’s not about logic or knowing but more about meeting in the heart, sharing that life-force that we all have.”