ojoThis creative collation of colourful combinations was created by my father before an exhibition in Palmerston North, after promising me (his son) that he would incorporate my love of craft and creation into his next work. Two years previously I had discovered an interesting book (courtesy of the local library), based on Ancient Mexican Art and Handicraft. In this book a particular page caught my eye titled:

Ojo de Dios’

(Meaning God’s Eye). The God’s Eye is symbolic to the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico and is made by weaving two or more sticks together using different coloured string or fiber to form a complicated pattern. The Huichol call their God’s Eyes, ‘Sikuli’, meaning “The power to see and understand things unknown” and are highly spiritual and significant in their culture.

This book informed and motivated me to make these God’s Eyes and now there are many to be found around our house.

My dad then decided to use these creations in one of his works, gathered thirty-four God’s eyes and surrounded them with twelve copies of a carving he recently constructed, forming a big circle filled with the Ojo de Dios and exhibited it in the Palmerston North Art Gallery, Te manawa, along with many other of my father’s beautiful and spiritual works.

This piece of my father’s shows me the colour and diversity of the world and how we are always under the mindful care of God. It shows to me how the spirit of God is always within each and every one of us, throughout all our lives. It can be seen as a beating heart, filled with the Holy Spirit, the world and all its cultures, the universe and all its contents, or even the Palm of God and all humanity. That is for you to decide.