Mother and the Presence of Myth (NEW)
Mother and The Presence of Myth


From the Artist:

This print, "Mothers and the Presence of Myth," is based on Yoruba culture (from Nigeria). The form of these images is derived from shrine wall paintings done by women. They use a color scheme dominated by darks (dudu), oranges, and reds, (pupa), and lights (funfun). Ase (ashe) is a Yoruba concept of the animating force found in the universe. A dupe o means "we give thanks." Oriki fun a won 'ya wa is "praise song for our mothers." Birds often represent the spiritual power of women and snakes can symbolize ase coming down in lightning from Shango, the orisha of thunder and power. The work is a tribute to my mother/our mothers and their power and blessings as expressed through Yoruba culture, one of the major foundations of African American culture.

Artist Bio

Artist, professor, scholar, and curator Michael D. Harris is from Cleveland, OH. He earned a BFA and MFA from Howard University, Washington, DC, and a PhD in art history from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Harris has published and co-authored a n...

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Mother and The Presence of Myth


Offset Lithograph




30" x 21.5"

Edition Size

100 prints in this edition


Robert "Bob" Franklin


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA