Art, Emotions, and Social Transformation

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Ana Teresa Fernandez

Art, Emotions, and Social Transformation

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore the role that emotion plays in art, and the power that art has to impact social change

  • Watch as Ana shares three of her most powerful “social sculptures” which challenge our minds and hearts to open to painful and difficult realities, yet invite us to touch beauty and be transformed in the process

  • Hear about the role that contemplative practice plays in Ana’s artistic process

About Ana Teresa Fernandez

Ana Teresa Fernandez is a full time artist, surfer and social change interventionist. You can learn more about her work and art on her website and connect with her on Instagram. You can help support Ana Teresa's "On The Horizon" project through her gofundme here: website

About Eve Ekman, PhD

Eve Ekman is a contemplative social scientist focusing on emotional awareness working in health care, wellbeing, and technology. Eve draws from interdisciplinary skills and first-person experiential knowledge from clinical social work, integrative medicine, contemplative science, and meditation. Eve is a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Director of Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program, and volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has collaborated with her father, Paul Ekman, on the Atlas of Emotions project. Eve shares her dad's deep love of bagels and is a devout practitioner of cold water ocean play.

To learn more about her work you can visit the Atlas of Emotions, an online website for emotional awareness commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and co-created by Eve and Paul Ekman. You can also learn more about a contemplative science training for learning emotional balance that was founded by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman and is currently lead by Eve Ekman and a global teacher network at Cultivating Emotion Balance.

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  1. Patricia May 2, 2021 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    So so great! Thank you!

  2. Margaret May 2, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Wow very profound creative and transformative work that touches the heart and has positive intention for the community/universe. Thankyou!!

    Do you think that intrinsic creativity, the ‘flow state’ , the ‘aha’ moment of wonderment are all momentary manifestations/expressions/revelations of our Buddha Nature?

  3. Carolina Salgado May 2, 2021 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    So Impressive….y removedor

  4. Jesus May 2, 2021 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow… Ana your work is awe-inspiring and powerful. Thank you so much. I feel shaken and alivened.

  5. Madeleine Sinclair May 2, 2021 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Really inspired by the work and the discussion. Thank you!

  6. Roshan May 3, 2021 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I have realized now how long is six feet tall! Art is basic nature of human expression like thoughts, i felt after watching it!

  7. sustain May 3, 2021 at 5:34 am - Reply

    fantastic and inspiring presentation! Thank you Ana and Eve.
    I also like the reference to Rene Magritte in the background. He used playful way to challenge the automatic perceptions that we tend to do. Similar to Ana.

  8. Michelle May 3, 2021 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Wow…that was so powerful and inspirational. Thank you!

  9. Zoraida Diaz May 3, 2021 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Awesome conversation with the artist. It brings into perspective the connection with art and the messages conveyed in an installation or any other art piece. She is driven by deep purpose and activism for causes that are hard to portray. Specially because she does not seek to show things the way she sees them but rather elicit personal reactions and postures of those watching her art. Amazing and wonderful. very talented and gifted. She gives instead of take. Its altruistic art.

  10. Maya May 3, 2021 at 8:59 am - Reply

    wow amazing work Ana – I feel your passion and how much you care!

  11. Debbie May 3, 2021 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Very moving and beautiful. So much to think about. Thank you.

  12. Sarah Hanton May 3, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Beautiful Ana, your work is very moving and I love the thought you have put into making it engage people in a very easy way with deep thoughts and emotions.

  13. Lee-Anne Cox May 3, 2021 at 10:12 am - Reply

    So beautiful. Thank you for the work you do.

  14. Els May 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    What a remarkable expressive awareness, thank you so much.

  15. LINDA DUDAS May 3, 2021 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Your work is inspiring. I love your passion about your art and social issues. I can feel your love of the environment too. I am from Canada and have not been to San Diego. The wall you painted is incredible. It is still there and still blue? I hope so.

  16. maureen May 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    very interesting – thank you

  17. Mert May 3, 2021 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Experience is so important in transforming energy, mahalo nui!

  18. Diane Boover May 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I was not prepared to feel so much power from such simple ideas and the way in which you came to them. You did manage to do all that you set out to do. I only wish we could have explored that painting that was so provocatively placed behind you.

  19. CRYSTINA WYLER May 3, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Ana THANK YOU! Sharing your work, your Heart and your Soul is the powerful ‘tool’ of an Artist!
    Creativity can move mountains…. YOU DO!

  20. Nicole Koethner May 3, 2021 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Beautiful inspiring and touching. I love the art making people aware of what is hurting us. Acknowledging the pin and creating action from that place is the transformative power of the arts. Thank you Ana for your work.

  21. Margareta May 4, 2021 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful! Beautiful! Moving! Inspiring! Thank you!

  22. Linda May 4, 2021 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, what an amazing and inspiring awesome artist.

  23. Purva Watwe May 4, 2021 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Just love the dialogue that both of you had, impressed at the inclussion of powerful video clippings that made such lasting impact. Very emotional to witness your dialogue. immensely Grateful to you all.

  24. Gail May 4, 2021 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Ana. This will shape my day, week, and hopefully deepen my art practice. It was like nutritious food for a hungry soul.

  25. Sanet Van Breda May 4, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I was crying so much now this is so amazing, those people can touch each other but not hug. I have not hugged my grandson in the last 2 years my heart is so sore. He will be 6 on the 13th of May and my new grandson is 1-year-old living in New Zealand and we are in South Africa. Thank you so much for this…..Mwah Sanet van Breda

  26. Anna May 4, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Enhorabuena Ana! What meaningful, all inclusive, beautiful works of (he)art.

  27. Elena May 4, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Fantastic! Thank you so much!

  28. Annika May 4, 2021 at 10:31 am - Reply

    So beautiful to se and listen to Ana. What a fantastic installation by the sea.

  29. Ana Heeren May 4, 2021 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Ana Fernandez!!! What a great work you do, inspires us to believe changes are possible. Thanks for the hope re-awaken in me.

  30. Maria Helena Zapparoli May 4, 2021 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Wonderful and inspiring work Ana!!
    Thank you so much for sharing and give us the opportunity to be there too ❤️

  31. Barbara Barragan May 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    So so so many emotions!!! Art si amazing! love the impact in all the world!!!
    No words to express the emotions of this part of the summit. Congratulations Ana Tere.

  32. Karen May 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Please leave the introduction by Karin Jewel Lingo about RAIN up for longer. It was so helpful

  33. Sj May 4, 2021 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    To bad screen is so small can’t read the subtitles

  34. Heather A May 4, 2021 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you Ana for sharing how you honestly and openly experience your emotions and allow them to guide your art. Also grateful that you share the creative process with your community to expand the opportunity for healing and growth. I hope to be able to see your work in person one day soon

  35. Elisabetta May 5, 2021 at 9:42 am - Reply

    thank you! it was truly inspiring!

  36. Tania May 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you! The works are so deep and powerful. The talk inspires to discover, be creative and share one’s perspective ♡

  37. Carmen May 8, 2021 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    He visto muchas veces tu obra de pintar el muro d ela frontera, se me han saltado las lágrimas muchas veces, me dio mucho gusto ahora ver de dónde viene tu impulso para hacer tus piezas, es una enseñanza. Muchas Gracias!

  38. Natasha Nichols May 9, 2021 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Hi from Sweden…. Love this initiative and all the talks I had the time to listen to 😍❤️🙏
    Please make more talks for free in the future, and I love to share your insights about emotionsawareness and a happy humanity 😃🤗🙏
    Natasha 😊

  39. Judy Von Bergen May 9, 2021 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I have opened to new ideas and inspirations. I see the significance of studying emotions, not just thinking. Excellent speakers.

  40. Tad Veltrop May 9, 2021 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I really appreciate your work & the heart behind it, Ana! So wonderful to have artists like you helping us to experience the depth of our ever evolving world physically, socially & emotionally. Thank you.

  41. Kelly May 20, 2021 at 7:01 am - Reply

    It really struck me how absolutely open Ana Teresa Fernandez in not only mirroring but challenges social and cultural norms. I congratulate her honesty and bravery and thank her for doing her part in opening the world’s eyes.

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