Thunderbird Emerging Out Of WinterZachariah Ben
This young man is a son, nephew, and grandson of medicine men.
He follows in their footsteps, but in his own way, combining elements of tradition with a modern sensibility.
This piece, like all his work, follows tradition in technique: hand grinding natural materials to create the various colors, and applying them by hand, through his fingers.
Like his father, the internationally renowned sand painter, Joe Ben, Zach often mixes materials for shaded, and more subtle, effects.
The artist has written his explanation of the subject matter on the back of the piece, this one being a traditional Navajo (Diné) representation of a Thunderbird.
Remembering that every detail of this sand painting was applied by hand – or fingers – notice the extraordinary precision of each element, no matter how small.
A modern interpretation of ancient, spiritual art, reverently continued by a new generation.