Saturday, December 4, 2010

Beautiful Burden

My art exhibition, Parables for a Compassionate Revolution, will be up in Kohima until December 10th.
The painting "Beautiful Burden" was amongst the favorites in the group. When I made it, I was thinking metaphorically. After spending a week in Nagaland, however, the figures became increasingly literal.

One of our hosts said that women have very difficult roles in Naga society; that they often have to return to the fields only one week after giving birth with the new baby strapped to one side and the basket for carrying wood on the other.

Many of the villages do not have electric or running water so everything has to be brought in by hand, on foot. There are VERY few "crossroads" off of the main road from Dimapur to Kohima. There are, however, many walking paths that start at the side of the road and immediately disappear into the foliage.

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