Tenaya Sims, Semillas, 2016

This painting won Best in Show at the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon competition. It is called Semillas, which means ‘seeds’ in Spanish. A spiraling eruption coming from the divine figure’s head scatters drops of fire. You can see figures in the droplets that will fall and become seeds. The idea that the forest regrows after a destructive fire comes to mind; like a phoenix, there is rebirth from the ashes.

Sims explains: “In the experimental stages of Semilllas, I began working with the elements of fire and gold on both visual and thematic levels. I was also inspired by artworks of the Hindu goddess Kali; who represents elements of death, time, and doomsday and is often associated with sexuality and violence, but is also considered a strong mother-figure and symbolic of motherly-love. Kali also embodies shakti – feminine energy, creativity and fertility.”


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