Mixed media on ledger paper. Image measures 7.5 by 9.5 inches, 11 by 14 inches matted.
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi, Cherokee)
This abstract bird image was first created in the ancient Hopi underground structures called a Kiva. It is a reminder of the importance of birds in the Hopi culture. These winged beings are part of many ceremonies and ritual, they are messengers to the spirits, they interact with clouds which bring life giving rains, and their feathers symbolize the breath of life. Birds are living prayers for good blessings and life.
This artwork is titled “Expenditures” named after the title of the page written in pencil. Expenditures is the consumption, the aspect of expended, to use something up. Hopi people chose to live in a desert with a delicate balanced environment. It is this desert that reminds the Hopi people that all life is interlinked
Artwork created on written paper from ledger book from 1950 with page dated 1961