Pachamama series of Paintings 2020
While travelling in 2019, I bought a small clay Mother Nature figure wrapped in Llama skin, from Ollantaytambo close to the Machu Picchu trail.
It is quite primitive looking and slightly creepy. A very simple form with gaping mouth. I was surprised when told it was Pachamama (as it had no breasts).
This started my fascination with the figure and my continued interest in fertility. Mother earth, so primal dark, moist and fertile. She produces such patterns, colour and wonder.
The people of South America talk about Pachamama constantly in their normal everyday conversation. Respect for the land. Pachamama, the fertility Goddess. The Indigenous people of the Andes know how important she is to their survival. Literal translation ‘World Mother’. Life force, interconnected. She is also an ever-present and independent diet who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on the earth.
Many South Americans believe that problems arise when people take too much from nature because they are taking too much from Pachamama. People are sad because they have forgotten about mother earth, people of Peru think it’s because they have forgotten the rituals of Mother Earth. When she’s angry, we feeling the force of her anger. Climate change, weather extremes. Drought, crop failures.
The World movement called ‘The Pachamama Alliance’, has goals for a thriving and sustainable world for all. Legal rights for Nature (her right to be respected). The right not to be contaminated, fertilizers not pesticides. Agriculture activities should be done at the right time. To change the dream of the North (Western world) which is based on consumption.
My paintings are inspired by this figure and its primal force, re birth, new beginnings. What she represents. The life Pachamama gives us all. Colour and patterns. The universal truth that we are just custodians of the land and the weight is upon us to take care of her. Honour your mother – she gives life.