GRANDMOTHERS, SHAMANS & MIDWIVES

Dimensions of the Feminine Mesomerican Woman

Her motivation in this series is to understand original dimensions of the feminine, of herself;

and to translate this in her paintings so she can comunicate the power and simplicity of life which we are losing in our complex, denatured, depersonalized modernity.

What follows is Guadalupe's narrative for each of these paintings.

THE ZERO POINT
THE ZERO POINT

PUNTO CERO

 

“You see these numbers? Zero, one, five ...

See this that you call it zero? It is the origin of all things, the place from the Great Serpent came: The Hidden Creative Mother, the Human who was Created, Grandmother Shmucané, our dual Grandmother-Grandfather Shpiyacoc-Shmucané, the Great Morning Star, the Grandmother of the Sun.

She went down in circles, in a zigzag pathe; diving in their dance lights and gases, explosions and storms. She fell along as other snakes leaped everywhere, she became million pieces of light and gas, light and steam. From there came, out of nowhere, from the greenblue, the hot, its water vapor. From there came the great serpent. “(G.U.)

 

Technique: Acrylic on canvas               Format: 122 x 92 cm

 

THE SUN OF THE CALVING DEER
THE SUN OF THE CALVING DEER

EL SOL DE LAS VENADAS PARIENDO

 

“It’s raining with sun shining and there’s a rainbow. 

My grandmother Lina says when it rains with sun shining the does are giving birth,

and water from her tummy watered the soil.

What remains are grasslands where deers can hide.”

(G.U.)

 

Technique:  Acrylic on handmade paper  from the Philippines                         Format: 57 x 85 cm

THE GRANDMOTHER WAKES UP UNDER WATER
THE GRANDMOTHER WAKES UP UNDER WATER

LA ABUELA SE DESPIERTA DEBAJO DEL AGUA

 

“She was asleep in the bottom of the water.

She was a long, thick snake, covered with

feathers, lazy and slow. When Tepeu-Gukmatz

shouted ‘Grandma!Grandmother’,she began

to move so slowly that she resembled ferns

in water that moved to and fro. But slowly she

stretched and as she was moving, her arms

and legs emerged.“(G.U.)

 

Technique: Acrylic on handmade paper from the Philippines.               Format: 57 x 85 cm

 THE GRANDMOTHER’S ROAD TO PARADISE
THE GRANDMOTHER’S ROAD TO PARADISE

LA ABUELA CAMINO AL PARAÍSO

 

“When they arrived they were overjoyed because they had discovered a beautiful bountiful land, full avocados and cacao, custard apples, plums, nances, ojoches, honey, and many sapodilla.

There was plants of all kinds, large and small, and an abundance of food in that land called Paxil and Cayalá.

Yac the bobcat, Utiú the coyote, Quel the chocoyita parrot and Hoh the zanate taught her the way. “(G.U.)

 

Technique:Acrylic on handmade paper from the Philippines.            Format: 50 x 63cm

THE GRANDMOTHER FORTUNETELLER
THE GRANDMOTHER FORTUNETELLER

LA ABUELA ADIVINA

 

“She drew from her saddlebag grains of tzité which is red black beans and red corn, white

corn and yellow corn.

She sat on the floor and began to sing songs of water.

She lit a red pure tobacco roll, inhaled the smoke and threw it over the seeds.

Then the maize moved.

The maize wanted to help her make the humans.”(G.U.)

 

Technique:     Acrylic on handmade Indonesia tamarind paper              Format: 79 X 58cm

GRANDMOTHER OF THE SUN, LADY OF DAWN
GRANDMOTHER OF THE SUN, LADY OF DAWN

ABUELA DEL SOL, SEÑORA DEL ALBA

 

Tepeu-Gukmatz was thinking and looking for an answer in the water. There, hidden in the bottom of the mud, not moving, Grandmother Shmucané was found.

She was also Grandmother-Grandfather Shpiyacoc-Shmucané, Grandmother of the Sun, and Lady of Dawn.

Tepeu-Gukmatz called shouting? ¡Help us

Grandmother/Grandfather, our Grandmother Shmucané.

Do you not see we’re living with loneliness?

The bottom of the water began moving and slowly Shmucané, Grandmother of Light emerged out of the mud”(G.U.)

 

Technique:  Collage and acrylic on canvas and handmade mango paper from the Philippines              Formato: 92 x 62 cm

THE MAKER OF STARS
THE MAKER OF STARS

LA HACEDORA DE ESTRELLAS

 

“When the sun comes up we will have a celebration of love and bread made of fire.

The broken hands of your sons and tangled hair of your daughters emit the scent of fired cedars and the smell of rain.

Alas! The glow of my hair is so intense that those who cannot join this observance will burn themselves,

and wind and rain will erase their history. “(G.U.)

 

Technique:  Collage on handmade paper covered with blue cedar resin         Format: 77 x 50 cm

 

 

THE SNAKE MOTHER
THE SNAKE MOTHER

LA MADRE CULEBRA

 

“I went to a sacred Temazcal high in the mountains.

In front of the altar of flowers a child was singing “slow as a turtle, comes true wisdom”.

There she is, with her turtle of wisdom and the ferocious coral snake that protects her always...

Balance is the law of the universe, life and death are joined and held together,

those that crawl, creep are protected in their shells

and can get lost in the weeds of their days.”(G.U.)

 

Technique:    Acrylic on rice paper with Japanese blue cedar resin                 Format: 56 x 77 cm

MOTHER OF THE SEA
MOTHER OF THE SEA

MADRE DEL MAR

 

Lady of the deepest waters, of the Seven Seas, of the Eight Winds, of Nine Heavens, of Ten Portents.

Mother of Carmen, Mother of Mercy and Courage, My Lady Advocate!

 

Mother Guadalupe and the Mother of Angels are two old mud women playing marimba and sharing chicha in a basin.

To you we sigh, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears daughters of Eva and Malinche.“(G.U.)

 

Technique:     Collage and Acrylic on handmade Indonesia tamarind paper              Format: 64 x 94 cm

MOTHER MOUNTAIN
MOTHER MOUNTAIN

MADREMONTE

 

There is a place where the winds from the South mingle with the winds from the North;

this is the place where all rains and all rainbows are born

and it is said that she lives there. (G.U.)

 

Technique:  Acrylic on canvas     Format: 29.1 x 40.8 cm

THE EGG OF LOVE
THE EGG OF LOVE

HUEVO DEL AMOR

 

“Incubating I pass my life in love on my huge,-

fragile, precious eggs.

I am the Mother Bird.”   (G.U.)

 

Technique:     Collage on canvas                      Format: 102 x 77 cm

Feminine Spirit
Feminine Spirit

ESPIRITU FEMENINO

 

My guardian Grandmother,

spirit of the rivers that are now dry riverbeds,

nahual of the animals that have not returned,

grandmother wildflower garden. 

Mother Angela, pray for us,

defend us from the unprotected and

show us the way to the fresh trails of childhood. “(G.U)

fragile, precious eggs.

 

Technique:     Collage on cardboard                      Format: 82 x 44 cm

Mother Giving Birth
Mother Giving Birth

LA MADRE PARIENDO

 

A Mother is for life, for better and for worse.

A Mother is a divine power that gives life and can remove it.

We can create daughters and sons and can destroy, disappear, shrink them.

We can stretch them or lift them over the mountains or create their misery.

Blessed Mother Angelita Juárez that made me in the image and likeness of Mother Earth. “(G.U.)   (G.U)

 

Technique: Acrylic on rice paper with Japanese blue cedar resin 

Format: 56 x 77 cm

Self Love
Self Love

AMOR PROPIO

 

"I am the daughter of all miscegenation, of all pains and violations inflicted on my people during the conquest and colonization.

I am clean and pure, owner of all mixed bloods.

A perfect communion redeems me and redeems the blood from my first Mother,Tonantzin, to the last one, Malinche.

I am the purple corn of my Afro-Mestizo grandmothers and the cape of the Mother of Guadalupe.

I am the one who sings, who feels deeply the truths that are revealed in the beginning of all beginnings,

even though sometimes I refuse the truths that are revealed.”(G.U.)

 

Technique: Collage on Fabriano and transparent textiles of Indonesia

Format: 100 x 70 cm 

 

Double birth of the Flower of Life
Double birth of the Flower of Life

PARTO DOBLE DE LA FLOR DE LA VIDA

 

To the midwives of my people, Sarita Gutierrez, to Veneranda Mendoza, to Reina Gallo, to Mariana Escobar and Alba Centeno.

To the co-mothers, co-madrotas, co-midwives of my mother and all the women who gave their blood and birth to children in the house with the assistance of these great midwives when giving birth at home was not yet a crime.” (G.U.)

 

Technique: Collage on tobacco paper

Format: 70 x 47 cm 

Chief Silvia Carrera
Chief Silvia Carrera

CACICA SILVIA CARRERA

 

A tribute to the Matriarch Ngöbe Buglë, to the transmission of her wisdom and her strength in the service of her people. Matriarch, feline cunning warrior and protective claws. (G.U.)

 

Technique: Acrylic on handmade Sisal fiber paper

Format: 90 x 63 cm