Spider Sheela na gig

Terra Cotta, Oil Paint
16 H x 7" W x 2 D
1999
 

About the Piece

At the time I made this sculpture I had just come across the stories of Anansi the spider, composed of an all male cast that included Anansi, his seven brothers and their father. This deficit of the feminine and the intriguing Navajo legends of Spider Woman, one of the Navajo's most honored deities, who taught the Navajo ancestors weaving upon a loom, inspired me to reclaim the feminine with this sculpture. 

The imagery of this piece also draws from the Sheela na gig figures from Ireland who demystify the yoni with humor and direct aplomb.  Medusa also asserts her influence with writhing serpent hair.

 

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