"Footless Dancers" is my new series of artwork based on a poem I wrote. The series consists of 13 paintings, 7 of which are now done. To see the paintings and read the poem, please visit the gallery page: Footless Dancers. Below is the latest art piece:
Footless Dancers #7: Planted, acrylic and ink on canvas, 28x28".
The lines of the poem that accompany this piece are:
We planted your crosses
Planted our flowers around them
Tied green leaves to the tips...
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These mixed-media paintings are a combination of my body of work The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind and my poem Footless Dancers. The poem addresses the indigenous resistance to European beliefs, values, and lifestyle. Although the indigenous people of the Americas are and continue to be pressured to conform, they continue to rebel by various forms of resistance. The paintings in this series present the dancers, as representatives of the indigenous people of the continent, symbolically resisting oppression: Their energy bursts forth despite their confined space; their vibrant colors shine out from the tame grays; they are missing limbs and parts, but continue to dance. In reality, these people and their descendants continue to make their presence felt as we defend our dignity, claim our rights, tell our stories, and continue to speak through our own voices and the voices of others.
See the rest of the series Footless Dancers.
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo