SOLD "Mami Wata", textile and glass collage on birch wood, 43.25" x 22.25", framed
"Mami Wata" is a water spirit venerated throughout much of Africa, the Americas, Haiti, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Mami Watas are often portrayed with the upper-body of a woman and the lower-body of a fish or serpent. Sometimes Mami Wata appears totally human.
The enticing Mami Wata is often seen carrying sparkly baubles such as beads, mirrors, and watches. In some depictions a large snake (symbol for wisdom) wraps around her.
Usually a benevolent spirit, she wishes only health and prosperity for her followers. In fact, being abducted by a Mami Wati can be a life-altering and enlightening experience! She's jealous and demands loyalty, though, or her charms could bring misfortune.
"Mami Wata" is a mixed-media collage incorporating textile, stained glass, copper, and found-objects.