2005, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 49.5", by Jenny Badger Sultan
I was wanting to work again with the ogee grid (see In Iraq). First I laid in the grid pattern and colored the outlining bands with transparent rainbow colors.
Then I chose random areas and painted some of them with flat grays of different values to get a movement of light and dark around the canvas. I picked one ogee shape at a time and painted in it whatever came to mind.
At first, it seemed that most of the images were female, such as
The last is an image I had been wanting to paint for a long time. It's a tribute to three women who were very important in my life, along with their attributes--
- the pink labia/vulva forms (a tribute to Judy Chicago)
- the baby in utero
- the Virgin of the Andes (the red mountain with the madonna's face and hands--a reference to Pachamama, the earth mother of the Incas), and
- the three women in a tub.
- Susana Guevara Mueller, my Chilean art teacher, holding a paintbrush and a stone
- My mother, Virginia Badger, with a succulent and a trowel
- Betty Hayward, a dear friend, with a weaving shuttle and a book.
It's based on santos paintings I'd seen in New Mexico many years ago showing the Trinity as three men in a tub.
My choices expanded and I included personal dream images (such as the Pod of Children), some abstract patterns, and symbols and images that I love from cultures around the world.
For example, the corn people come from an Aztec or Maya drawing that I'd found in a book on corn.