"Art is phenomenological. The process of creating engages all of the senses and expands beyond a two dimensional surface. Art is the process of becoming. Drawing and painting were my first forms of feeling language, which had allowed me to cope with PTSD from an early age. Art and healing trauma are braided together. As I follow a vision of self healing, I have come to merge with the larger vision of healing earth and community. Creating multi-sensory spaces for kinesthetic interactions allows me to relay the messages I am receiving from spending extended amounts of time in solitude with land and practicing stewardship. I hope to create portals into spaces that allow us to process environmental grief and reconnection to what is sacred."
Jaime Schmidt is a non-binary interdisciplinary artist, activist, certified permaculture / advanced social systems designer, land steward, herbalist, meditation guide, and oracle. As the first official field researcher for Parque Nacional Yendegaia, they documented extensive research of the flora, fauna, terrain, and man-made objects throughout the subantarctic beech forest. Their art practice is deeply interwoven with spirituality, the land, trauma, and regenerative practices. Jaime creates experiences for humans to reconnect with the natural world through material art, performance, space, and social practice. They have resurrected ephemeral land art in Los Padres National Forest (Ojai, CA), Parque Nacional Yendegaia(Chile), and most recently Johnson Valley, CA. Schmidt's work extends into social practice through sharing their original oracle deck, creating intentional spaces for meditation and prayer, co-creating retreat spaces for LGBTQIA/BIPOC communities, and hosting workshops on water conservation and meditative drawing. Jaime is archived in the Living Legacy Project through the Burchfield Penney Art Center and has work in their permanent collection. Jaime has been commissioned for Murals in downtown Buffalo, and has work in multiple private collections in NY, CA, OR, MI, and Chile.