I finally made it to the Cantor Center for the Arts yesterday to see the Mami Wata exhibit and it was well worth the trip. I'd like to get back to sculpture work after so many 'cups' and since I make mermaids this exhibit could not have been better timed or more inspirational. Brilliant!!
Here is an excellent article from the NYT Art Review by Holland Cotter who says it far far better than I ever could.
(My favorite) Tradition on both sides of the Atlantic about Mami Wata tell of the spirit abducting her followers or random people whilst they are swimming or boating. She brings them to her paradisiacal realm, which may be underwater, in the spirit world, or both. Should she allow them to leave, the travellers usually return in dry clothing and with a new spiritual understanding reflected in their gaze. These returnees often grow wealthier, more attractive, and more easygoing after the encounter.
let's hope Mami Wata pays us all a visit this new year and may we all prosper!!
Happy New Year and Best Wishes!!