Els Mommers – Elements: PACHAMAMA
Artist Statement: ELEMENTS: Pachamama.
During our travels in South America I was always very impressed by the devotion of the Andean people for PACHAMAMA, the indigenous name for Mother Earth. Pachamama is the highest divinity of the Andean people since she is concerned with fertility, plenty, the feminine, generosity and ripening crops, besides providing protection.
Since Earth is one of the four elements I choose to make a tribute to Pachamama for this theme. On the internet I found several logos that depict Pachamama. From there I drew my own design.
Pachamama is made of hand dyed fabric. Yellowish for daytime on one side, brownish for the other side: the night. Sun and moon for the breasts and the womb for fertility. The circle is covered with rainbow organza and stitched onto hand dyed blue fabric. In the four corners are birds, a butterfly, flowers and fishes. The whole piece is covered with black tulle and free motion quilted with a stone design. The headdress is embellished with small green beads