This piece is second in the Huichol series. This woman, surrounded by traditional Huichol symbols and colors, flashes a rare smile.
The sun is an object of worship and the moon is a symbol of fertility. What appears to be a green flower is actually peyote, a hallucinogenic cactus that plays a major role in religious ceremonies. The eye of the moon is a symbol called “Ojo de Dios” or “Eye of God”. In this piece I tried to portray the feeling of night, because dreams are an important aspect of their faith as well.
*Portrait loosely based on a photo by the talented Jay Ailworth. See his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/strangebird/collections/