Isn’t this a beautiful title for an art exhibition? The Hummingbird Paints Fragrant Songs was a highlight of my visit to The Outsider Art Fair in New York City in January.
The OAF consists of many exhibitors showing art from self-taught artists (think Howard Greenberg Gallery selling original Vivian Maier photographs) as well as special programming, on and off the main exhibition site.
The Hummingbird Paints Fragrant Songs was one of the featured Curated Spaces. This compact exhibition was curated by Brett Littman of the Noguchi Museum in partnership with the Shipibo Canibo Center. It consisted of works by Sara Flores and Celia Vasquez Yui, Peruvian artists.
The artists’ process of bringing these works to completion is astonishing. Sara uses natural dyes for the hand drawn works on canvas; Celia begins her work with shamanistic-like rituals of fasting and abstinence. All the works are rife with symbolism and patterning specific to their areas of the Amazon. Please read this brief, but fascinating description of the artists and their work.
The works are exquisitely detailed; to this viewer they exude a feeling of harmonious energy.
I’m glad I followed the recommendations of others to attend the Outsider Art Fair. I can now add the Shipibo Canibo Center to my list of things to do and see in NYC. The Noguchi Museum is already on the list. Next time, I hope.
Those are amazing works, such skill and detail, but even much more, reading the link that describes the work, it is stunning to realize how much else is going on beyond the surface beauty, beyond to the relationship to the place where the art has made and the when, both present and links to the past.
I’m glad you read the link. It’s meaningful, and beautiful work.
That is incredible work, but more than that, reading the link you added, the work goes far beyond that beauty, tying it the culture and place it was created, both in the now, and with to the past.
Thanks for reading the posting. It is, indeed, very meaningful work.
I have finally looked and read properly. On this International Women’s Day, I am moved to learn that these artists worked along side of their mothers and of course learned from them. I love the continuity of tradition, probably at times with a difference. The art and the descriptions were wonderful. Aren’t we all luck that you go to New York?
I feel pretty lucky to be able to visit NYC, Diane. It is, indeed, incredible work from inspiration to completed product. Thanks for reading, and commenting.