‘Visiting the Ancestors’ emerged from an original collage with the mesa and black bird. The additional symbols and images arrived and the rest is …..herstory! Who knows what the unconscious will lift up into the light? I only know that when an image or page speaks back to me, it’s right. I’m still exploring death through my artwork – in fact there is probably never a time when I’m not – which is to do with the reality that life and death are inextricably linked. I love the quote by Mark Twain:

‘I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it’

What I admire about our ancestors is their acknowledgement of the reality of death and the way they processed  their experience of it through burial and ritual and art. We have lost much in our culture.

 

visiting the ancestors