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The Desert Dance Painting

Athena Anastasiou

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 42 W x 60 H x 2 D in

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I made this painting as part of The Contemporary Indigenous Collection, where I interviewed people I met on my travels around South America to uncover it's true face; its influences and global diversity. I asked them if the native indigenous culture was present in their lives and how. Sebastian Diaz Botta Chilean and possible Mapuche heritage. Lives in Atacama Desert Mapuche means “people of the earth”. Stories of dance and ceremonies, spirituality and working life are delicately captured on their weaves. Mapuche Dance is a ritual of worship rendered to the divinity and a healing ceremony as well. There is a dance called the Loncomeo that imitates the movements of animals around the fire. The shamanness of the Mapuches is fundamental in these ritual dances, as she is the sole intermediary between mortals and the spirit world. Yoruba culture has a textile history dating back as far as the 1400s. Yoruba have been manufacturing (and wearing) indigenous fabric for centuries.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:42 W x 60 H x 2 D in

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For enquiries please get in touch through Unix Gallery, NYC. I am exploring my own personal mythology that speaks about identity and the core concerns of human existence. It's a constellation of my beliefs, feelings and images that construct my own explanation of the world. Some of the questions I ask through the work are, where do we come from, why is our planet and wellbeing so out of balance? Defaulting to fear and frustration rather than love and creation and how it is our responsibility individually to shift that. My research includes painting daily thoughts and stories. These stories are from personal experiences, observations, conversations and videos and books on the quantum field and the power of thought and intention. I am also looking at mythological paintings from the renaissance period and overlaying my reaction to them on top of the image. And continuing my research on western and eastern story telling through mythology and seeing where that leads me. The aesthetic framework that I am using is one of mythology; which portrays a sense of magic, morality, a life lesson and even mystical creatures. I have added a sense of lightheartedness to the work, almost childlike imagery or a larger scale sketch which provokes a freedom from the left brain thinking which is typical of the society we live in who struggle to obtain their connection to nature and intuition. My work ideally encourages one to see a point of view from an open mind, with fresh child like eyes.

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