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My name is Carolina Gonzalez and I am a Curandera and Artist from Tenerife, one of the beautiful Canary Islands, located in the Northwest coast of Africa.
I was extremely lucky to be born in a family of artists and open-minded people, so my very precocious interest for art and spirituality was fulfilled with books and paints from a very early age. I was given my first Tarot deck at 13, after creating my own one with playing cards and magazine collages (and using it so much that the collages started falling off). I started performing spellwork at 17, and it turned into my full time profession at 20. That is almost 20 years ago. All along, I've been creating arts in many forms; but painting and drawing, my first love, have finally settled as my way of communicating and manifesting my Spiritual experience.
The Canarian traditions of Curanderismo and Brujería, and my Guanche* heritage, have always been of great interest to me. In my spiritual and artistic work, the devotion for Nature and its Spirits is constantly present, always with the wish of not only preserving our traditions, but creating new ones that are in harmony with our direct environment. I am a self-taught expert in endemic herbs, an urban gardener and a wildharvester.
*Guanche – aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands before the Spanish invasion, of Amazigh (Berber) origin.
The Canary Islands have a tie of more than five centuries with Latin America and the Caribbean. Five centuries of emigration and immigration, and of cultural blending in both ways, that touch my personal history, as my father's family lived many years in Venezuela. It is only natural that the religions of the African Diaspora have a very strong presence in my work; I am an initiate of María Lionza's religion, which is a form of Afro-Latin Spiritism originated in Venezuela, and I have extensive practise and knowledge of Santería and other religions of the Diaspora, as I was given training by two Santería priests for many years.
My work, whether as a Tarot Reader, as a Spirit Worker/Curandera, or as a painter and illustrator, comes from the connection with Divinity that I have been cultivating my entire life. If there is something I want others to understand about my work, it is that I don't see any difference between my work as a Spiritual Worker and my work as an Artist – they come from the same source, and look for the same goal: the healing of others.
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