TEDx Nashville: Artist Alfonso & Kristin Llamas

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AK Llamas: Please don’t stop Touching The Artwork

Visual and Social Practice Artists A&K Llamas discuss the changing epoch of earth and art. Their series of art installations called the Anthropocene encourage community engagement and collaboration. Please don’t STOP touching the artwork.




Hush Little Baby – It’s okay to Cry


Hush, 12×18″ acrylic on paper

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

Sometimes we have days, weeks… even years that are exhausting and truly painful. From infancy, until the day we die… there are times that we all just need to cry. No amount of money, religion, or education can prevent the pain of heartache, sadness, or grief. We are all equally vulnerable.

One night, I was crying alone in the darkness –  a grown woman, without children of my own yet – and I caught myself running the lines of a lullaby through my mind.

“hush little baby, don’t say a word…mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird…”

That was the night I realized that any time I was stressed or shaken, I subconsciously comforted myself with a familiar lullaby my mother used to sing to me.

And in sadness and in comfort,
the Lullaby Series was born.

I painted the work above, titled “Hush.” Then, for years I have gone on to paint and exhibit pieces that are inspired by lullabies. This collection began taking on even more significance to me as I started having children of my own.


PS- You all know that I like to use art to communicate and give back…after all, there is no heART without Art 😉 So when you order from the Lullaby Series 15% of every sale is donated to Save the Children to help with the pain in Syria, with hope that children everywhere are able to find comfort.

“Save the Children is on the ground in Syria and in refugee communities throughout the region, providing children and their families with warm clothes, shelters, protection, clean water and emergency care.”

At various points in our lives, we all find ourselves alone in sadness. Sometimes we are struggling with a grief or fear that no one, not even ourselves can understand. My hope for myself, children and everyone on this planet with us, is that at those times… when nothing else seems to hold us through all our pain and fear, we can find comfort in solitude…even if it is just in the words of a lullaby.

Love and peace to all who are hurting,


View the Lullaby Series


Contemporary Art That Makes a Statement: What is Honor?

STEP #1:

Get crown from Burger King and take reference photos…in a Publix bathroom.

Contemporary Art That Makes a Statement: What is Honor? original painting of toilet and burger king crown

What is Honor original painting by K Llamas

STEP #2:

Paint…and tape…and paint…and tape.

Contemporary Art by Kristin Llamas painting What is Honor? with toilet and burger king crown

What is Honor? Original painting by Kristin Llamas

Contemporary Art by Kristin Llamas titled What is Honor? painting of toilet and burger king crown

What is Honor? by Kristin Llamas

STEP# 3 : Explain to everyone why you would paint a giant toilet…

I’ve never considered myself funny… I’m more the sentimental who married a jokester. But every now and then a little humor will find its way into my work as I’m doing what I always do… addressing social issues. So the idea behind the toilet piece is actually quite simple and playful:

At the end of the day, we all sit on the same throne.

I posed the question “What is Honor?” during a Socratic Dialogue, and this piece was the result. Because, regardless of your title, wealth, skin color, or religion, we are all humbled by our own humanity.

So next time you start to think you are a little bit better, smarter, cooler, or more special than your neighbor… think of your throne and think again.