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The Goddess of Purnati
The Goddess of Purnati
etching with hand coloring
12 x 10 inches

This print was inspired by a long distance collaboration with my son, the Playwright/Director Evan Silver, who adapted the folk tale of "The Heron and the Fish" as a contemporary mystical dance play, which was performed at the Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, and also at the Agung Rai Museum of Art. As Evan's theatrical production progressed, my own work started to mirror some of the visual elements of his play. I was quite taken by the frightening and beautiful heron mask Evan carved for his one of his lead dancers, which of course then makes an appearance in many of my own prints. This print specifically references the goddess of the tree who watched over the performance at Purnati - Evan was instructed by his mentor and master dancer Gungtut to make offerings to her each day.
In my version, the goddess's hair becomes the sea, a home to all the fish who in turn sustain those who fly.