Friday, March 2, 2012

Pachamama Mask (almost) finished

 I'm almost finished with this mask, "Pachamama".  Macha has gathered a great "Mask Council", with an online discussion group, and great minds are circulating ideas about how these masks might look, be performed, and their stories told even as I write.

Freya, who has explored South America has inspired me to make the mask with the bright colors of the indigenous peoples art and clothing.  We envision the performer in the handwoven garments to be found among peoples of Bolivia and Equador, and Freya suggests that she hold a spindle, because that is a common sight.  With her spindle, the performer might offer threads to the celebrants/audience, encouraging them to "assist in the spinning" of a new way of understanding our relationship to Mother Earth.

I wrote about Pachamama, and introduced the Pachamama Alliance, in a recent article:


Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow, she's beautiful. Feels Ecuadorian to me.

Valerianna said...

Very beautiful, and I like the idea of spindles and threads.

Lauren Raine said...

Thanks! I'm always surprised, as any artist is of course, by how these works turn's never as we think it's going to be.