Directional Musings

Directional Musings

Tasap kachina is the primary image in this painting. There are many versions of this very popular kachina. This presentation is apparently the Hopi’s interpretation of their nearest neighbor’s Navajo God. The symbols which Tasap is looking up towards have to do with the four directions and the people of the world in the Hopi belief system. The Lakota native americans have, for instance, their own meaning of cardinal directions. The North is for wisdom or thought, the East for salvation or spirit, the South is for beginnings or purity and the West for conclusions or fullness. This painting began as a highly veined and textured piece on printmaking paper. I then placed my drawing of Tasap kachina down and laid a finely veiled piece of rice paper over top. I then carefully placed the Four directions symbol, Kokopelli, the eagle and the lizard. I later added more petroglyph symbols of animals around the edges of the paper. I then brought out some of the darker symbols with coloring pencils. SIZE 30” x 38”

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