THE GREAT CHIEF STAR (2015-2017)
Kisci-Okima- Achakwas inspired by Cree cosmologies. The painting of the seven suspended laser cut metal thunderbolt paintings started out inspired by the Hopi Prophecy Rock (before it was cut). A digital drawing of the constellation Lyra, was then mapped over the 10’x5’ sheet of metal. Venus (Morning Star) became the markers for the stars in the constellation Lyra. This map was then laser cut out of the metal. Thunderbolts shapes were used to symbolize dramatic change as well as other cultural metaphors. The palette for the work utilized my four sacred colors: scarlet red, naples yellow, turquoise blue and an earthy black. The work was suspended with industrial nails to offer a physical tension as well as to open the conversation up on many levels: chance and danger, Industry, pendulum of time, challenge the way we present paintings. The new media component (in development) for projection the project can be viewed here.