New Mexico Love

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While reorganizing and cleaning out the van home, I unearthed two pieces of art I decided to share.

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I did these two pieces (crayon on mat board) thinking I would submit one of them to an art show being held in Truth or Consequences, NM in January 0f 2015. I decided to do collages instead, so neither of these were in the show.

For folks who don’t know much about New Mexico, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_New_Mexico says the state’s flag

consists of a red sun symbol of the Zia on a field of yellow. Flag of New Mexico.svgIt was designed in 1920 and officially introduced in 1925. The colors invoke the flags of Habsburg Spain (the Cross of Burgundy flag) and the Crown of Aragon brought by the conquistadors. This highlights the state’s Native AmericanPueblo and Spanish roots…

The Daughters of the American Revolution pushed New Mexico to design a contemporary and unique flag in 1920. A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia Sun symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia [people]. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life, and the four seasons. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today.[1]

My pieces have hearts binding the elements together, symbolizing my love for New Mexico. I wonder if it is wrong of me to change a symbol that is sacred to a group of people. Honestly, I was only thinking of the New Mexico state flag when I made this art.

About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I’ve never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again.

I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist.

Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it.

I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk.

This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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    • I didn’t think I was the first to riff on the Zia or even the first to use a heart instead of a circle. However, I didn’t look at someone else’s heart Zia and think, I’m going to do that too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Pam.

  1. I have a small zia tattoo! I’ve had it 20 years and I wanted it long before that! I’ve always felt really strongly about that symbol. NM has the best state flag!

    • I (obviously) love the Zia and the New Mexico State flag. I would love to see your tattoo someday, april. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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