Aurora Levins Morales is an internationally known writer and emerging visual artist. Born and raised in the mountains of Western Puerto Rico, the daughter of an Ashkenazi Jewish biologist father and Puerto Rican artist/naturalist/writer mother, the tropical landscape is a recurring theme in her art as well as in her writing, as is her indigenous Taino heritage, the rich, multicultural history of the Caribbean, her Jewish identity and her radical roots. Aurora lives with chronic illness and disability, and the power, beauty and pain of our ailing human bodies, part and parcel of our beautiful and ailing world.
As a child, Aurora learned about color, texture and artistic experimentation from her mother, who painted, drew, made woodcuts, which Aurora and her brother helped print, and explored a wide variety of traditional fiber arts, from crewel embroidery to mola, lace making to intricate paper folding.
Aurora works in scratchboard, a lovely relative the woodcut but without the wrist pain, to which she was introduced by her graphic artist brother, Ricardo Levins Morales, collage, photography, mask making, and complex fabric-based pieces that incorporate hand dyeing with plant dyes, photographs printed on silk and cotton, appliqué, beading, embroidery, collage, and assemblage.
She is currently working on a series of masks and prayer shawls, sacred objects of her two ancestral traditions, exploring different aspects of individual and collective healing.
You can explore Aurora's writing at www.auroralevinsmorales.com where she maintains a blog and selections of her poetry, essays and fiction, or www.palabrerapress.com, her small publishing venture.