Pachamama, the Earth Mother
Different cultures have revered a mother figure as representing the spirit of the earth, creativity, fertility and earth itself. The earth mother figure of the Andean cultures of South America is Pachamama. During the Spanish occupation of South America and the resulting forced conversion to Catholicism, the Virgin Mary was similarly accepted as a representation of the Pachamam by the indigneous people. When I started thinking about this piece I pictured something more colorful and joyful. As it developed it seemed to want to be more somber. She has concerns for her children, I suppose. Read more in my blog post.