With somber tones, Leilani Bustamante communicates a variance of emotion through the eyes of her subjects.  Like an emotional spectrum wavering between symbolic codes and natural antidotes, each seemed steeped in poetic nuances of a macabre deity.  In her new, highly anticipated solo exhibition, ‘Anima Mundi’, opening Saturday, September 9, at Modern Eden Gallery, Leilani utilizes her familiar sepia palette as each ghostly being induces a thought provoking dark side.

Also opening this night at Modern Eden Gallery is a new solo exhibition from gallery artist Erika Sanada. Flock is her fourth major show at the gallery.


Leilani Bustamante: ‘Anima Mundi’

Opening Reception: 

September 9, 2017 | 6-9 pm

Exhibition Dates: 

September 9–30, 2017


Modern Eden Gallery

801 Greenwich Street @ Mason and Columbus | San Francisco, CA

For press inquiries or sales, please contact Gallery Director Kim Larson kim@moderneden.com


Show Statement:  

Anima Mundi or “The World Soul” is the connection between all living things on our planet much the way a soul is considered to be connected to a body. It is a shared, intrinsic life force within plants and animals alike that make up the spirit of our universe. With these pieces I explore this allegory, the heart of which is found through a treasure hunt of hidden symbols and clues. Like root vines they weave their way wrapping around patterns and bending to the narrative.  Alchemy symbols and mandalas serve as ancient codex, a telling of how we make sense of matter and materials and their cosmic relationships to us as a species. The sum total of universal life can be found in ancient elements that began long before we did and will continue telling our story long after we leave.

About the Artist:

Leilani Bustamante was born in Santa Rosa California and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University. She grew up between the suburban sprawl and rural Fort Bragg, where she draws inspiration from their simultaneous decay and growth. Her work often voices themes of mortality exploring elements of death, rebirth, beauty and spoil, the loveliness of the macabre and the mournful influence of osteological motifs. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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