Sarita Dougherty

Ancestors and Dawn (2014), Oil on board, 20.5 x 20.5 in.

This tapestry from my matrilineal homeland, Bolivia, became illuminated one dawn. In the pink light they spoke, though I haven’t heard them since. Blue shapes shifted subtly in the early glow of my round tent-home; their whispers came through recent portals opened by an ancestor pole, by tending to their memory in word and ritual, by listening deeply through sage and gut.