Merge with Butterfly


Fiber Wall Art
by Karen Schuman

Quilted Batik, Fabric Appliqueí, Embroidery, Acrylic Paint, Obsidian Stone
24″H, 24″W, 1″D

The Obsidian Butterfly, Quetzalpapalotl, is the ruling santa tierra (land spirit) of the Butterfly Palace in Teotihuacan, Mexico; and also rules over the Places of the Misty Sky. She revealed herself to me in a shamanic journey, where her skeleton merged with my own, and she placed an egg on my belly. She is the Keeper of my mesa, my medicine bundle, and so I pay homage to her, this fierce goddess of life/death, through my art.


“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.”


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