I like to invent other worlds born from this planet. Fantasy, fiction, the most alien of earthly animals and plants, absurdity, parenthood, kids’ shows, dreams, weird religious stories, and cartoons are delicious fuel. I love fungus and jellyfish and Precambrian swimming things and animal patterns and worms and insects and candy and almost everything I put into my paintings is symbolic. Rainbows are our connections, fangs are my defense, eyes are because I See You, hearts are my love messages, mountains are home, daughters are power, snails are a sanctuary and refuge, patterns are camouflage/tribal markings/the patchwork bits of quilts made by the hands that came before us, and so on forever. When I share my work, I want you to be reminded of the beautiful, terrible, blissfully weird and complicated bits of existence that we all experience in our tenuous positions in this universe. I think we all want to connect in some way, particularly when it feels as if we are being engineered to turn against one another. Art is a wormhole that enables me to be able to connect with you wordlessly, through color and shapes and across time and space. Marisa Avila Sayler is based in Long Beach, California, where she resides with her husband and two children. She received her MFA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from California State University, Fullerton in 2009, and her BFA in Painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2005. Her work has been shown across the US and is collected internationally.