I dedicate this blogpost to my little sister Jéssica María Taylor who lives in Louisiana. Jéssica is a very gifted artist and a beautiful person who inspires many. She is abundantly filled with the spirit of life. She is truly one of a kind.
Jéssica speaks many languages: English, Spanish, Hindi, Creole, Cajun French, Haitan. She even speaks a little Anishinaabemowin. Her colorful paintings speak an intense, yet universal language that everybody understands. Some of her canvases are optimistic, full of life, and mystically bright with dazzling colors; others reflect darkness and despair.
But where Jéssica goes, the sun shines.
To me, she is ishkode waawaabigonii: a Flower of Fire.
The above is a painting that Jéssica spontaneously made of herself last year after I showed her an image of a jewelry set I designed: a squash blossom necklace and matching earrings. The name of the set is Gaagige Bimaadiziwin-Shkode ('Everlasting Fire Of Life') - See detail below. The design of the pendant is inspired on a sacred Midewiwin chant that roughly translates into:
“The flower Of Fire
Will come to my aid”
Originally it is part of a sacred love song about a man presenting an ishkodebagonii (cardinal flower) to his love but since I am her brother I gave it a slightly different interpretation for the occasion.
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