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