I AM ONE WITH THE JAGUAR
This is a series of spells that will protect me and guide me through my journey into the underworld. The spells are based on the Mayan language which used logographs complemented with a set of syllabic glyphs. The process begins with a meditation session to reveal a vision/message for each piece then I create the artwork. I have always been obsessed with the preparation and training required for my soul to enter the underworld and the path that my artwork will create to guide me into this unknown experience.
In this sculpture, I am materializing a vision from Chichaan asking the Mayan Gods God A and God L for permission to use my hands in the underworld and the afterlife. I honor and sacrifice them in this lifetime so when I transition into the afterlife through the cave, I can have access to them again. There are two original spells I wrote, one on each hand, asking for permission.
DRESDEN CODEX LEAF (1 – 4), 2020, paint, ink and scratches on clay, 24.4 x 10 inches. The four Banana leaf size codex combine to make a banana plant.
The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book, the oldest surviving from the Americas, dating to the 13th or 14th century. The codex was rediscovered in the city of Dresden, Germany, hence the book’s present name.
(Left) The vision serpent. The hallucinatory visions central to Maya ritual were symbolized by a rearing snake. Most vision serpents have smooth bodies, some show areas of flayed skin and in some cases feathered bodies. Serpent heads have long sometimes bulbous snouts, and most are bearded.
(Right) “Metamorphosing into an Owl”, paint, spell, marker and scratches on clay, 5 x 3 inches, 2020. When death comes for me, I will rely on him the most to warn me so I am ready for my journey.
“The Aztecs and Maya, along with other natives of Mesoamerica, considered the owl a symbol of death and destruction. In fact, the Aztec god of death, Mictlantecuhtli, was often depicted with owls. There is an old saying in Mexico that is still in use: Cuando el tecolote canta, el indio muere (“When the owl cries/sings, the Indian dies”). The Popol Vuh, a Mayan religious text, describes owls as messengers of Xibalba (the Mayan “Place of Fright”).” (wikipedia).
Vision Mask I and II, represent a powerful fusion of traditional ritual and Tribal art. Embodying the essence of shamanism and the spiritual belief in using masks to heal, the piece is a mesmerizing example of the timeless connection between humans, nature, and the spirit world. The feathers adorning the mask are a nod to the ancestral wisdom and reverence for the natural world, while the burnt leather material provides a modern, natural connection to our own skin.
The mask is intended to serve as a tool for inducing visions, invoking the spirit world, and seeking guidance in times of need. In this context, it functions as an extension of the shaman’s own being, acting as a channel for the spirits to communicate their messages. The mask, with its intricate simplicity and careful craftsmanship, is a testament to the importance of preserving ancient spiritual practices and incorporating them into contemporary artistic expression.
This piece of art is a unique blend of tradition and innovation, showcasing the enduring relevance of shamanic beliefs and practices in the modern world. It invites viewers to reflect on the power of the human spirit and its connection to the natural world, challenging the boundaries between art and spirituality. Overall, Vision Mask II is a mesmerizing example of the capacity of art to transcend time and culture, and to evoke the essence of the human soul.
Six protecting spells Series
As I enter the underworld I have created a series of 5 spells and one curse to protect my heart as I travel into the Cave. Meet my first protector with a unique spell to scare off any harm that approaches my heart.
If what ever is chasing me in the cave during my journey has out smarted the Raven who flew in to save my heart, will have to deal with a nasty bas spell. The Bat Shaman will fly up, grab my heart from the Raven and find a dark corner in the cave, then it will put me close to his heart as it hangs upside down to sleep so we can take a breather since danger is all around us.
Assuming that all these attempts failed to protect me. I’m not worried…yet…meet “The Cleaner”. My personal bodyguard is escorting my heart and protecting me throughout my journey as I go deeper into the underworld. Anything that gets near my Heartwill get slaughtered + the nasty spell will haunt you
If all the spells have been defeated and failed to protect me during my journey then I will release The 13 light-year spell to anything or anyone that tries to harm my heart as it transitions into the underworld. This is the last and nastiest spell yet…if I’m going down, then I’m taking you with me.
THE END of this 6 painting protection series