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Joe Cajero Jr.
was inspired by the desire to reflect the more feminine
aspects of life. Nurtured by Prayer is the balanced response to
Embodiment of Prayer, my masculine form.
The concept for this piece of art began with a swirling emotion
of being enveloped by love. Thus a star shape formed at the base,
moves upward in a circular motion initiating curves that yield feminine
Like two sides of the same coin, Nurtured by Prayer wears both
the masks of sunset and sunrise. They are sisters born of the same
elements; bearing many of the same characteristics they remain unique.
The headpiece of Sister Sunset bears the stars and the vastness
of the universe while the headpiece of Sister Sunrise displays the
radiance of the sun’s rays from dawn to dusk. Sister Sunset
wears the rays of sunlight upon her chin as she awakes during the
last moments of day. Conversely Sunrise Sister has a star upon her
chin as the last visage of night fades into day. Similar to the
Embodiment of Prayer, the sisters’ mouths are extended in
song. One might conceive a gentle whisper as this song softly and
continually yields praise and thanksgiving to our Creator.
The sisters share one body with a common base. Dragonflies, caught
up in the body’s swirling motion, are symbolic of individual
growth as seen on the Embodiment of Prayer. Likewise altar designs
of various sizes represent the unique stage of spiritual maturity.
While working on this piece, I paid close attention to the sunrise
and sunset. Dawn brought the sound of a lone bird in morning song.
Within minutes a whole chorus of birds could be heard. It reminded
me of a mother awakening her children. The New Mexican evening sky
was filled with the opulent colors of temperate reds and intense
yellows. The warmth of these colors felt like the magnificent hue
of love, very feminine and nurturing. Nurtured by Prayer hopefully
captures the essence of this significant emotion as well as demonstrates
my desire to show reverence to all women for their scared role as
bearers of new life.
For more information on Joe
or to inquire about purchasing his works,
please, feel free to Contact
at Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery