Mountain Water Spirit

Yesterday is gone; We seek to carry-on; In touch with thyself; As one we overcome; Fuel; Internal combustion; Sustainable vibrations; Frequencies of everlasting love.
Streetside Artscape:
A mural by Gustavo Martinez
On Commerce Street, near Old City Hall
2017 – present

A poem to accompany the mural, by Gustavo Martinez:

Mountain Water Spirit
Yesterday is gone
We seek to carry-on
In touch with thyself
As one we overcome
Internal combustion
Sustainable vibrations
Frequencies of everlasting love

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in California, Gustavo Martinez now resides in Washington. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spatial Art with a minor in Mexican American studies from San Jose State University, San Jose, California. He has been involved in the completion of public artworks for the city of San Jose. In 2007 Martinez spent six weeks exploring sacred archaeological sites in southern Mexico and Central America, where he also studied traditional indigenous pottery and techniques at Escuela Valentine Lopez (San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua). He received a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Washington in the 3D4M: Ceramic / Glass / Sculpture program, and was the recipient of the Parnassus Teaching With Excellence award. Martinez is part of the Fine Art Department at Green River Community College as adjunct faculty where he teaches Ceramics and Art Appreciation. In the summer of 2012 he worked as a Studio Assistant at Penland School of Craft for a drawing and painting mixed media class taught by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. He was also part of the 2012 Summer Staff at Pilchuck Glass School as the Audio Visual Coordinator. In the fall of 2012 Martinez worked as a ceramic water filter production consultant for Ecofiltro SA in Guatemala, where he also helped organize the first annual ceramic symposium and sculpture exhibition at Ecofiltro to raise funds for the donation of ceramic water filters to the rural Guatemalan communities in the most need.