Alina Smith

Alina Smith

Raised on the shores of Lake Erie, I have been strongly influenced by the images of urban decay which abound in the Rust Belt. The beauty and gentle tenacity of little green plants poking through brick and concrete are beautifully symbolic of the dreams I have for myself, and for our society. A return to green, a return to life. The promise that there are no true ruins in this world.
My parents instilled in me a curiosity about the world and a respect for all living things. I watched our neighbors bringing their cuts, splinters, or other health concerns to my mother, a nurse, for tending and advice. It was during a period of illness that I was called back to these values in order to help myself get well. It was by noticing those little green plants growing up through the ruin of me that I began to heal, and it was a result of my own healing that I realized that I wanted to help other people to heal themselves, too. This decision led me here to the beautiful Ohlone Center, where I continue to learn, grow, heal, and appreciate all.