Born in Venice Beach, Ca. and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness surrounding the Ojai Valley, Attasalina is a fusion of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world.
Her name is her birth name given by her godmother, a pioneer teacher of Buddhism in the West, and has been translated as “providing the meaning”. Her musical abilities can be traced to her grandfather, a Cuban-American progressive jazz drummer and singer. She began writing poetry at five, starting piano at six, performed opera at twelve and starting songwriting at playing guitar at thirteen. After highschool she decided to pursue visual arts in college and was hired to manage a large photography studio at twenty-two. She went on to work as a professional photographer as well as a fine artist and musician.
“Love conquers all” wrote the poet Virgil more than two millennia ago. Three simple words that have shaped my reality. Art has that power. To transcend time and space and connect with a being far removed from its creator. Being a photographer is a way of distinguishing and interpreting our reality. Distilling an endless series of moments into an expression of truth, into an image that speaks to someone. In my art the creative atmosphere is the same, the desire to translate this tenuous existence into still frames, to stop time for a moment and look at this life, at this dream we love so deeply.
2009 “Freedom” Firebird Plaza, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Valley of the Moon Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Liberation” Secret Location, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Flowers Within” Upstairs Ghost Gallery, Ventura, Ca
2005 “Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs” Ojai City Hall Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2002 “Salina’s Photography” Daniel’s Bistro, Ojai, Ca
2013 Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, Ca
2010 “Autumn Lights” Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 “Group SC 2009: An Intimate View of Southern California” MOPLA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 MINARC Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 FADA LA Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Ca
Ojai Valley News
Ventura County Star
2005 Ojai Day Poster
2007, 2008, 2010 Ojai Calendars
Cordially Invited, Inc.
I.D.O. Events, Inc.
Happy Valley School
Ojai Playwrights Conference
Ojai Film Society
Noisy Donut Shop
The Seraphim Rising – Life In Suspension EP
Daniel Ash feat. Attasalina – The Soldiers of Everyday (Freedom I Love Compilation)
Attasalina – Heart of the Beast & The Legend of Seraphim Rising (Singles)
Black Needle Noise with Attasalina – Messages by Dreams (Before the Tears Came)