painting 'PELE'S LOVE', was created in the green and moist womb of
the jungle and on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii. Haleakala,
a majestic mountain, the house of the Sun, the valley of the Moon,
that hides and protects a Goddess called Pele, born from the collective,
imaginative mind of the People who came to these Islands, a very long
time ago. Pele was born and reared from the hot and burning inner
core of Mother Earth. Haumea is the name of her Hawaiian Mother who
gave Pele an egg that she carried with her to the Big Island. Out
of the egg was born Peleís sister, Hiiaka, that became Peleís favorite
Pele is a fire keeper, comprehending the element of Fire, but she
had not yet transcended anger and jealousy that causes much suffering.
In the legends, due to Peleís anger and jealousy, she destroys her
sisters best friend, Hopoe, a great Hula dancer. In this way Pele
harms her own sister, but the Love between the sisters is stronger.
Pele heals her sister and they heal each other.
Therefore, I call this painting 'Pele's Love'; in which she is upholding
her Motherís gift, symbolizing Peleís Love and victory over jealousy
Her bodily form is wild and free. The female body in ancient traditions
was considered sacred, inspiring. It was not until women themselves
were considered profane, that the female body was also considered
shameful. Truth can not be concealed. Like fire, it is naked and intense.
Pele strides mysteriously through the volcanoes, holding her fire
staff with which she stirs the fires, keeping them hot and burning.
By holding the fire staff, she shows us that she has incorporated
the masculine into herself. This energy is at her service. With this
staff she has the power to stand alone. Behind her is one of the volcanoes
in full splendor. Along her path grows her favorite berries, the red
Pele is also a star traveler and the egg is her space vehicle. The
fire around the egg symbolizes wisdom that transcends duality.
In this painting her aspiration is to enter the realm of the Dakinis,
female space-farers who embody emptiness, spiritual beings who fulfill
enlightened activities; female tantric deities who protect and serve
the upholders of Compassion and Wisdom. Dakinis transform ordinary
experiences into higher spiritual paths, thereby preventing many daily
problems and swiftly attain the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment.
As I travel through this blessed planet Earth, experiencing many spiritual
traditions born from the collective longing and aspirations for happiness
and freedom for all beings, I find myself painting visions that brings
traditions together in playful ways, awakening healing and hope.
ALOHA NUI LOA MAY PEACE PREVAIL
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KULA HI 96790 USA
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