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June Julian

The Big Picture

Like both the Venice Acqua Alta and Plague Mask series, these Kachina paintings point to climate change and to the effects of humans on place. In the indigenous Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest, Kachinas act as messengers to the heavens for rain and abundance. In these paintings, I layer Kachina masks over images of the drought-stricken Pecos River located near my studio in New Mexico.  By pixelating the Kachina heads or by placing AI bounding boxes around them, I connect them to our shared identity issues and to our mutual dreams for wish fulfillment.

Rain Kachinas  - Pecos River Drought