Taos, New Mexico
10.000 x 14.000 x 0.100 inches
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Painting - Pastel
Painted in 2012 on a return to a Mexican village. I spent years in Mexico and for part of that time was a dancer within the mestizo spiritual dance traditionThe mestizo tradition is what formed at the time of the Conquest when native dances and instruments were not allowed. The people were allowed to use a guitar as given by the priests,and they formed their own version of it using the shell of the armadillo or of a very large type of squash. They had to sing in Spanish and only to honor Christ, the Virgin and different saints of the Catholic Church . Our group, formed of people of the mountains and the city, mestizo and pure native, would dance in one village then another , in the mountains, by the volcanoes, even in the Basilica of Guadalupe on her birthday December 12. For many dancers, Spanish was their second language, and their lives were of a time before technology. This painting evolved out of my experiences in these places, where the power of nature , of trees, rock, stone, natural caves, night rituals and ceremonies l lived alongside the church so central to each village. This expresses as well how many ways we are given to find sanctuary and peace on this earth-by a rock, in a grove, a hidden place, a temple or church, and even the open road. 2012
July 19th, 2014
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