Kokopelli

Kokopelli

More than any other kachina, Kokopelli is one of the most recognized kachinas around. The hump on his back is what distinguishes him from other kachinas. He appears almost everywhere in the Southwest and even has ties down as far down as South America. Among the Hopis he is a Flute Player only when he borrows a flute to dance otherwise he is known as the “Don Juan” of the Southwest, seducing girls, bringing babies and, a tutelary of hunting. Kokopelli is a symbol of happiness and joy. He talks to the wind and sky. Native American legend has it that when Kokopelli comes playing his flute he brings the coming of Spring. This highly textured piece has a variety of blended acrylic gels. The gels were chosen for either their textural quality or their acrylic paint receptivity. Gels can only be built-up 1/4” or an 1/8” inch at a time to prevent cracking so the buildup process takes time. The creation of the textures includes a variety of hardware tools and odd objects most people overlook. As such an apple corer, mosquito netting, onion bags, glitter ribbon with holes in it, bottle caps, combs and brushes, metallic wire, even a potato masher all found their way into the painting. Once dry, I played with oil paints and oil pencils to create transitional areas of color. SIZE 36” x 66”.

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