Yemaya's Ascension into the Waters

Oil on Belgian Linen, 24" x 24"

The painting represents the moment when Yemayá gives herself to the waters in order to reach all her children who have been forced into the transatlantic slave trade. The orisha of the Atlantic Ocean sleeps in a dreamlike state, slowly sinking into the watery bosom of a pond. She grasps in her right hand cowrie shells, symbolizing her association with the ocean, while her left hand is plunged below the water’s surface and under her breast. The orisha’s voluptuous body in medium brown tones emphasizes her beauty, embracing her womanhood. During her slumber, she is encircled by luxurious textiles that lend to her convalescence. Flower offerings for Yemayá, such as roses and white poms, dot the waters.


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