Avenue of the Dead


Fiber Wall Art
by Karen Schuman

Hand-Stitched Quilted Batik, Embroidery, Acrylic Paint, Beads
36″H, 36″W, 2.5″D

The Avenue of the Dead is the main street found at many pyramid sites in Mexico. It coincides with the Medicine Wheel and the chakra system. To walk the Avenue of the Dead is to metaphorically jump into the mouth of Quetzalcoatl, the two-headed serpent and to your present way of life to be reborn in a new cycle or ìpacha that spirals ever upwards.


“Wisdom is offered to me through shamanic training and world traveling is my inspiration. Making art pieces on concepts such as ‘forgiveness’ or ‘balance’ is my study of relationships with life. 

As I work my pieces, I can meditate on the aspects of the concept and work these perceptions into the construction for an evolving understanding of the original concept. I work with many materials; from hand-dyeing fabrics to painting, sewing, beading, collage.  

As I cultivate a piece, concepts develop further into the abstract, to ultimately create a story that is personal to me, but still open to free interpretation.”

Contact: DancingKrow@aol.com

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