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Painting Inspired by "Song of Separation"

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Painting by Amy Shoemaker

Inspirations for the Painting:

Top: My Nurse and I by Frida Kahlo (1937) oil on metal. 

Center: Close up of My Nurse and I. 

In her rendering of the nurse, the woman’s face has become a mask with pre-Columbian significance.

Bottom: Cihuateteo Figure, Pre-Columbian, A.D. 1300-152; stone sculpture; British Museum. 

A cihuateteo is the malevolent spirit of a woman who has died giving birth.