Another whole-cloth quilt; this is one that emerged from my psyche, thus the spirit animal. A method of drip-cloth imagery that is pulled from a piece of cloth placed under another being dyed. It is then hung on the wall in all orientations until the image appears to me and I develop a plan to bring out so that you an see what I see. The image is of a bear in the background whose breath forms the dancer’s hair as he stand guard during her revelry. A cubist image of joy in the words as if one stumbled upon the clearing and witnessed it. Cotton brocade drip cloth, sunprinted, Shiva paint sticks, acrylic, and thread sketched.
74″ x 62″
A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.