Artist Mariza Ryce Aparicio-Tovar grew up around artists and makers who nurtured her creativity. Her family, who are a mix of Mexican (Wixárika and Chichimeca) and American (Mohawk) lineages, raised her with practices honoring land and relationships with the natural world. This worldview is central to her work. Her pieces explore issues of mental health and self-awareness, advocating care for our planet and ourselves, so that collectively we may experience our full potential.
Her art features Alaska flora and fauna, inspired by the years Mariza spent collecting biology data for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak, the Alaska Peninsula, and Unalaska. Her time in summer field camps counting salmon, living completely off-grid gave her the space to find her voice as an artist and translate that discovery into tangible form.
If she could give one sentence of advice it would be, “Live a life you love.” She hopes that all of the beings of our planet, plant and animal, are given the fair opportunity to live a life they love. She donates 5% of proceeds to environmental advocacy and conservation.
BELLOW IS A COLLECTION OF WORK BY MARI IN THE SKY AVAILABLE AT SEVIGNY STUDIO GALLERY
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