Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dragonfly Bambuca

(click image to enlarge)

13.5 x 6.5 x 4"
Mixed media mosaic on wooden box
Stacy Alexander

There are many myths associated with the dragonfly...some good...some bad. This piece was inspired by a Zuni Indian legend in which the dragonflies are shamanistic creatures with supernatural powers. The word, "Bambuca" comes from the national dance of Colombia, South America. It is characterized by cross accents in the music and was formerly danced only by the natives but became a ballroom dance to be added to the gentle Pasillo, a favorite with Colombian society. Sometimes, when I walk along the estuary that separates the island of Alameda from Oakland, I see entire ballets performed by dragonflies along the shore.


Cartoon for Jen Worden's Art Challenge - this week's challenge is to depict some aspect of each day (of this week) in cartoon form. This is a tough one for me. Not good at drawing...but I'm having fun!

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Susan Tuttle said...

Holy shmoly these are gorgeous boxes! Wow!


tanders said...

I like your cartoon stacy and the way that you have drawn it!

freebird said...

You draw a heck of a lot better than I do. Like your mosaic and your cartoon.

Contessa Kris said...

Oh what a beautiful shimmering box! I love the colors you chose.

corina said...

Lovely box, and such a nice video!

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