The painting below was inspired by a fragment of a Zuni song. It is incomplete and the only two references I could find about it give two different uses for the song- one says it is a grinding song; the other says it is a song/prayer used to greet the day at sunrise. Perhaps both are true- I don't know. What I do know is: These few lines evoke deep feelings in me- they seem to talk about the stages of a woman's life, and the deep connection of all women to Mother Earth. The four life stages of woman spoken about in the song reflect the changing seasons- the unending cycles of life and Earth. I had to paint this painting: these words simply had to become an image!
This painting is @ 20" x 26", acrylic on raw canvas, with a beaded saguaro rib frame.
This song fragment has but eight lines- to read them, just scroll below the painting.
Dawn old women
Prehaps if we are lucky
our Earth Mother
will wrap herself in a fourfold robe
of white meal.
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