Michael Billie

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Blue Spider Woman


Growing up on the Navajo reservation I use to help my mother with her weavings. She made purses out of her rugs to sell. I'd help with spinning the yarn. The main design on the piece is the star design in rugs. In the middle is a thick layer of encaustic designed as the Navajo wedding basket. It's wrapped partially around drift wood. The wood is wrapped in eco-printed silk and the bundle sitting on top is also silk. The bundle is holding cedar which is used for blessing and prayers. There layers of horse hair attached to the surface of the wood. The rug design is done with encaustic that's been carved out. The bottom layer is sand painting. It's just a layer of covering the whole surface before putting the other layers on top. The final top layer is resin that has been tinted. My work always seems to be evolving and I never know which direction it's going to take and just that it's always going to evolve. I always go in with an empty emotion because I don't like outside noise to be infused into the work. Most of the time I feel like I'm just going at a pace where I'm just doing without thinking about what comes next. I was feel like spirits from other worlds are helping with the building and making it come together and making sense. Encaustic and resin with mixed media on floating panel. 24 x 24
24.00" h x 24.00" w x 4.00" d
Weight: 11.00 lb
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