Takes the concept of Virgin Mary figurines in grottos and changes her for prominent Native American spirits. These will be made of plastic (the material I was given), like the traditional memorabilia. Parts of the statues will be cut up and sharp to imply the butchering of these societies and the Native American religions and culture. They will be colossal to emphasise the scale of the original massacres.
Want to incorporate light, unbleached colours. Gives impression the sculptures have been there for a long time and implies the length of the subjugation of the NAs.
Virgin Mary grotto at Lourdes. Like the idea of adding more shape to the piece. Will use the grotto as the outside to emphasise connection to Christianity, and the place the Native American gods inside.
The Immaculate Destruction
3 plastic sculptures in the North American desert, exploring the relationship between Native American culture and Christianity.
Deity 1: Glooscap (Abenaki; Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, New Brunswick)
The Abenaki people believe that after Tabaldak created humans, the dust from his body created Glooscap and his twin brother, Malsumis. He gave Glooscap the power to create a good world. Malsumis, on the other hand, is the opposite, and seeks evil to this day.
Glooscap learned that hunters who kill too much would destroy the ecosystem and the good world he had sought to create. Frightened at this possibility, Glooscap sought Grandmother Woodchuck (Agaskw) and asked her for advice. She plucked all the hairs out of her belly (hence the lack of hair on a woodchuck's belly) and wove them into a magical bag. Glooscap put all the game animals into the bag. He then bragged to Grandmother Woodchuck that the humans would never need to hunt again. Grandmother Woodchuck scolded him and told him that they would die without the animals. She said that they needed to hunt to remain strong. Glooscap then let the animals go.
Later, Glooscap decided to capture the great bird that Tabaldak had placed on a mountain peak, where it generated bad weather in the flapping of its wings. Glooscap caught the eagle and bound its wings and the winds ceased. Soon, the air was so hot and heavy that Glooscap could not breathe, so he loosened the bird's wings, just enough to generate enough weather so humanity could live.
Modern Abenaki believe Glooscap is very angry at the white people for not obeying the rules he set down.
Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man by Salvador Dali
Mirage by Salvador Dali
Christ of Saint John on the Cross by Salvador Dali
The Anthropomorphic Cabinet by Dali
The Poetry of America by Dali
The Temptation of Saint Antony by Dali
I took inspiration from Roman sculpture and Dali's bodies to visualise the style of Glooscap's sculpture. I want an element of surrealism but also a god-like image in his sculpture.
Deity 2: Muut (southern California, northern Mexico)
Muut was the personification and messenger of death in the culture of the Native American Cahuilla people of southern California and northern Mexico, and was usually depicted as an owl or as the unseen hooting of owls. He was one of the most active and vividly remembered of the nukatem, a special classification of beings who were created by Mukat, the Creator figure, in the 'beginning.' Death was considered a necessary part of life by the Cahuilla, and thus Muut was seen as more of a psychopomp than a frightening grim reaper character. This role was assigned by Mukat, who argued that overpopulation would have dire consequences.
I much prefer owls in flight - the movement and the shape of their bodies seems more powerful and thus more compelling as an image.
Diety 3: Chibiabos (Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Quebec)
Chibiabos is the beloved brother of the culture hero Nanabozho in the traditional stories of many Anishinabe communities. By some versions, Chibiabos and Nanabozho are twins; according to others, Chibiabos is Nanabozho's younger brother; and in still other tellings, Chibiabos was adopted by Nanabozho as his brother. In some communities Chibiabos, like his brother, is associated with rabbits (his name literally means "ghost rabbit"), but in others, he was a wolf spirit often represented in the physical form of a wolf. Chibiabos was murdered by water spirits (usually identified as Water Panthers or Horned Serpents), touching off a violent chain of events that included the destruction of the earth by flood. Afterwards, Nanabozho accepted that he could not bring his brother back to life, so Chibiabos became ruler of the underworld. He is portrayed as a good and kind being who takes good care of the land of the dead.
Looking at wolves' bodies in order to determine how to draw them. Possibly on all fours while snarling.