El Simbolo de la Agua
Yarn on Board
Utilizing sacred designs and patterns as seen in yarn painting and weaving, the Huichol create an array of art. Life is a constant object of prayer for the Huichol. All phases of their lives are prayer where they incorporate symbols of planting, harvesting, peyote in their art.
Eligio Carrillo Vicente is one of my most important Huichol yarn painters and a pioneer of the early classic style. Large yarn paintings of his visions are mounted with beeswax on plywood. On the back of each painting are the artist’s words in Huichol handwritten to describe the meaning of the vision (see example in photo). Eligio is an experienced and skillful Huichol artist. He has explained that the gods gave him some shamanic abilities, including visions. His healing abilities are limited to curing children's diseases. Thus, he might be also classed as an "intermediate" or "minor" shaman rather than a senior shaman who leads ceremonies.
24" x 24"