onça sagrado [allison moore 2009]
SOME WORK IN PROGRESS
I have been here is Belem for 2 weeks now, and I am starting to get a feel for the city. I have been researching the plentiful abundance of myths and legends from the Amazon region. The history is immense. And I find my head being spun around the fascinating fusion of local indigenous mythology, african folklore and Catholicism. A few of the tales I have enjoyed include Tau tau, Jurupary, Curupira, Saci-Pererê, Caipora, Athayde, and Juruti. (to name a few) I have started a few drawings based on my readings. Moslty small watercolors, but I also have done a couple wood cuts. Yesterday I went down to Ver-o-peso again, and explored more extensively the exotic collections of goods. A popular to selling item are coconut shells polished and painted black to serve Tacaca soup in. Some of these bowls are engraved with traditional motifs. I decided to buy a few *blank ones, and engrave my own drawings on them....images to come later.