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This mixed media painting is an abstraction of part of my experience at the 2010 corn dance at the Pueblo of Sandia. Every year for perhaps 1000 years this pueblo has enacted this sacred dance to ask for rain for the summer's crops. The pueblo opens the dance to outsiders in order to ensure the widest possible participation in their prayers. Last year the male dancers were painted an intense royal blue with white spots on their bodies. I thought a lot about this image over the last year. As I spread with my hands the thickened paint onto the plywood I felt an immediate kinship with those that had painted the dancers torsos. It was also at that moment that my shuffling Ipod played the song "Angel Band" from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. The song is an eery country gospel with the words "...O come angel band, O come around me stand and bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home..." hence the title of this piece. It is 48" w x 54" h x 4" d and is made with plywood, paint, silica and feathers.

My Immortal Home- Sandia

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: plywood, paint, silica, feathers
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