Condor, Puma, Serpiente


Condor Puma Serpiente, 2018
Offering with portraits.

In this work I enlist four grains I knew were important for my mother’s biography: quinua (quinoa), kiwicha (amaranth), lentils, and trigo amarillo (yellow wheat). Grains which I knew she had recollected working the land in the fields of Uchumarca in the Amazonian Andes 3000 meters above sea level.

I draw portraits of myself and the women of my family along handwritten stories. This as a way to ground my individual and collective history. In drawing my mother and my great grandmother, I carefully weave and knot pencil strokes to trace the paths that lead to me, the layers and tissues that compose me, the roots that keep me up. I approach remembering through drawing, as a task of reciprocity and of universal sustainability. Drawing, which also means to bring close, is a memory device against the absence of photos or documents that can tell me the history of my past. 

Below our portraits, I place a mesa curandera as a portal, with plants and objects towards which I feel a special connection and that link me to the amazonian andes in Peru, from which my mother migrated to Lima. Kiwicha extended in a solar shape sustains all offerings. Tracing this shape, my reference was to khipus as devices that allow to trace people, situations, events and who take the shape of the sun when placed circularly. In the middle, a house with an andean rooftop is flanked by two oxes pulling in different directions east and west. Three types of grain are offered in glasses as a pago to the upper world/condor, the middle world/puma and the under world/ snake: red and black quinua, peeled wheat, and lentils. A pink dolphin surrounded by orchids makes reference to the amazon, as polished stones ground the despacho.

Fotos: kunst-dokumentation

Exhibited in Back/s Together. Gloria Anzaldúa, her drawings, our connection to her in VBKÖ, February 2018.