My name is Ciara Barsotti and I make art. I have been drawing animals real and imagined since I was very small. I live in Santa Cruz county in California with my husband who is a mathematician. I work at a local wood jewelry + home goods shop and I am attending school as an art major.

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The Buffalo Project

This latest series was first inspired by the incredible album by *shels called "Plains of the Purple Buffalo." Sweeping nostalgia, longing, and restlessness are all throughout this album, which is actually a concept album based on "The Neverending Story." I think these emotions are also wrapped up in the Bison, which has always been a symbol of the untamed West, a lost world. I often long for a past I’ve only heard of, dreaming of a simpler, wilder life and unsullied earth. But the reality is that we have effectively destroyed our access to Eden, and now we must keep moving, sustained by the hope that we will one day be taken out of our self-made exile. I find myself fascinated by this beast and all that it embodies. This project is a tribute to their story of resilience and hope.

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