"Wisdom of the Four" selected for the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Collection!
I received some exciting news recently when I was notified that one of the newest pieces in the "Flowers & Skulls" series completed at the beginning of 2020, entitled "Wisdom of the Four", was selected by the Albuquerque Arts Board for purchase! It is a huge honor to have made the cut, as the city received 279 entries and were only able to purchase 31 pieces, and I am really excited to have my work in the collection! It is unknown at this time where the piece will be displayed, but it will soon be on display in a public space!
"Wisdom" is the third piece I have had purchased by city or state collections, joining "El Rey" which now lives at the Fred Lujan Multi-generational Center in Los Lunas, and "Dia de los Moo-uertos" which found a home at the Tularosa Senior Center. Both pieces were purchased in 2017, but delivered to their new homes at the beginning of this year.
The symbology of the number four is central to the Zia symbol featured on the New Mexico State flag, and has numerous meanings: four seasons, four stages of life, four elements, four directions. The number is also sacred and important in many other cultures, playing a major role in the mythology of several major world religions. This image from the acclaimed “Flowers & Skulls” series incorporates the colors of the New Mexico state flag and utilizes native New Mexican flowers (Mexican Blanket and Sunflower) to create a floral reference to the “Zia” symbol. The image also incorporates a series of repeating squares (four 4s) which is another regularly utilized element in local Native cultures (and, others world-wide), thus the title: “The Wisdom of the Four”.
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