Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Mixed Media on ledger paper. 11 by 14 inches matted. Artwork measures 7.5 by 9.5 inches.
This abstract bird image was first created in the ancient Hopi underground structures called a Kiva. It is a reminder of the importance of birds in the Hopi culture. These winged beings are part of many ceremonies and ritual, they are messengers to the spirits, they interact with clouds which bring life giving rains, and their feathers symbolize the breath of life. Birds are living prayers for good blessings and life.
This artwork is titled “Expenditures” named after the title of the page written in pencil. Expenditures is the consumption, the aspect of expended, to use something up. Hopi people chose to live in a desert with a delicate balanced environment. It is this desert that reminds the Hopi people that all life has a purpose and relationship to their own.
Created on written paper from ledger book from 1950 with page dated 1961. Artwork is placed in archival matted frame and backing board and placed in a clear envelope sleeve. Description of artwork, Information on the Hopi culture and a biography of G Dawavendewa is included. The matted artwork will fit a standard frame without custom framing (unless you wish).