Original Sumi-e, Ink, saran wrap and roller, 12” x 15”,2010, $150.00
“Flagstaf, AZ got 42” last week. Major flooding this week.Ten years ago, a mesa evergreen fire, early snow melt, heavy rain led to 2 feet of mud sliding through my brother Tim’s breezeway sliding doors straight into the kitchen, living room & bathroom. This year the Paradise Fire in North Cali displaced & killed hundreds of thousands of trees & beings!
This “Pine Cone” ink painting/ sumi-e (made of ash & pigment & sap) for “Arborescence” reminds me of rebirth, re-seeding, new needles, new nests for owls, xmas fi, and a more natural relationship to lightning & re-forestation in the SF Mts., the most electrical place on earth due to the iron motherlode beneath, in Northern Arizona.
The splotch-blot at the bottom represents the Tibetan/Hopi meme for maya, illusion, virtuality, climate change denial and/or “Sipapu”, the Myth of the Trap Door Spider (Anasazi), whose surface entry point leads down the Ladder of the Ancestors to the Sanctuary center of Mother Earth, the Protector-of-us-All. Lest we not forget where we come from, our birthright, & who we really belong to & serve!
“Shima” means Hope in Hopi!