A symbolic work inspired by my stay with a lovely Embera family in Caqueta, Colombia.
The model for the face is a stunning Emberá Chami indigenous girl, who is the
daughter of the tribal leader of the community.
The Macaw parrot for the Embera and many other tribes living in the Amazon
symbolizes freedom, of mind and body, and that is what forms the background and
meaning of the painting. This community of Embera Chami was displaced for nine years
from their territory, living in the slums of the city of Florencia, and only recently
regained autonomous territory, though it is not as fertile as what they had previously.
They desire nothing more than to be autonomous, to have their “freedom” from forces
that interfere with their way of life.