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Bohio



2000
Mixed Media Installation,
Detail of Alma Boricua. Cornell Council for the Arts Group Exhibit, the Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

To pay homage to my Taino ancestry I chose to create this installation, representing elements important to this native culture. The painting signifies the female aspect of Taino spiritual forces. Constructed, as a shrine encasing the image, is what I like to call a bohio (huts which Tainos built as their homes). The canopy is a semi-circle, emulating the rooftops of the bohios. It is covered with palm leaves like a thatched roof. The burlap represents the natural materials used by the Tainos. The Corn is an example of native staples and the sand and seashells represents their island environment. (See Alma Boricua for more details).

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