The "Vesper"

This imagery represents my “vespers” series, “vespers” meaning “evening prayer”.   It depicts a prayer scene, where Native Americans pray atop the kiva before descending down into it.   Kivas came from the ancient Anasazi, in which the architecture and tradition were passed onto their descendants, namely being the northern New Mexico pueblos.   Kivas are the centers of religious ceremonial and are built entirely or partly underground with adobe or stone.   Kiva’s are entered through an opening from the top.   The ladder depicted is for one to climb “down” into the chamber, rather than to ascend to the sky.   Although it can be a dichotomy in that it can represent ascending also.   The pottery or prayer shields and the designs on them are representative of Pueblo Tribes or of the Plains Indian.   The designs on the blankets are mostly inspired from the Navajo and represent the “eye” of the creator.   The jewel and earth tone backgrounds enhance the mood of each prayerful scene.   The beings standing atop the kiva are meant to be neither woman nor man, but rather, spiritual entities, which transcend gender.   My intention behind the “vespers” series is to reflect prayer and peace with the up most reverence to and with our Creator.

 

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