Sacred Ash is part of my everyday goddess series, My model is Ojibwe, First Nation people from the Great Lakes region. Ashley has a strong connection to goddess Durga. She is wearing deerskin breeches from her culture and carries a bow along with Durga's other weapons. I have her with a mountain lion. Durga is a protector goddess. I have been exploring visually the yoga idea that every woman is the goddess. My particular interest is to show this with ethnic diversity. I would like women of all color to feel that goddesses look like them.
I painstakingly hand carve a mokuhanga woodblocks. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. Typically a different block is carved for each color. This artwork uses 4 carved blocks. The blocks are printed onto Japanese Kozo or mulberry paper by hand rubbing with a barren. The inks used are sumi and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice.
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Title: Sacred Ash
Size: 12x16 inches with double mat ready to hang
Medium: mokuhanga woodblocks on mulberry paper
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