Angeliska Polacheck, Treasures of Olokun I + II
Ink, gouache, nailpolish, on watercolor paper
6 X 8" each
Statement from the artist:
The images of these skulls ensconced in coral reefs came through a series of recurring dreams a dear friend of mine was having about seeing shimmering gems submerged in ocean water that turn out to be decaying skeletons. For my friend, the dreams were about the habits of spiritual bypassing and passive inertia amongst very privileged “awakened” people who have never experienced real suffering or survival crisis in the real world, here on earth. I felt moved to try and capture this image, but through my process, was inspired instead by the Yoruba orisha elemental spirit, Olokun – androgynous keeper of the treasures and wisdom of the deepest oceans, where the light never shines.
Olokun holds the great wealth of the ancestral waters, as well as the bones of the ancestors of the African diaspora who perished at sea during the middle passage, many of whom plunged into the depths rather than submit to the tortures of kidnapping and enslavement. This work is dedicated to them, and to the memories of all of the immigrants who have died by drowning, trying to escape their homelands towards a better life. The most profound treasure is found by protecting the life of all beings, honoring the creatures of the ocean, and through connecting with ancestral memory and wisdom. Always going deeper.
This piece is a part of the Skulls & Bones Virtual Group Show. All pieces will be shipped directly from the artists, and we will notify you once they have shipped.