In 1989, I wanted to create a sacred space. Huaca is the Quechua (language of the Incas) word for sacred space. My Huaca, is a personal shrine, which honors the various threads of my life. I wanted to weave together the designs and worldview of the Indigenous Andean culture, along with the architecture of the Colonial period, and with the Kaleidoscope reflecting the patterns on the computer screen.
The installation is a large box, 7’ high, 8’ wide by 3’ deep. It is painted green, purple, orange and blue, the four colors of the graphics of the Apple II computer. There are stenciled designs of weaving patterns symmetrically placed. On the top half of each side are two Colonial type arches. Within the arches are “The Mamas.” In the Andean Pantheon, the most important female deity is Pachamama, but there are other “Mama’s”, including Saramama, mother of the corn; Oxomama, mother of the potato; Cocamama, mother of the coca. Pachamama and these deities do not have images to represent them. Pachamama is a mountain, a rock, or almost any natural object. Saramama is an unusual husk of corn. But the mountain or husks of corn are not the representation of these goddess; they are the goddesses. I took artistic license and created images of four Mamas wearing mountain dresses, like the images of Maria del Monte, Mary of the Mountain, created by the Indigenous Artists in the 17th century. Their dresses are filled with images corresponding to their particular domain.
Below the cross is a peephole in the shape of a down facing triangle. Through the peephole are the almost infinite patterns, created by the mirrors reflecting the moving patterns generated by “SpaceLace”, on the computer monitor.
My goal for this installation was to seamlessly combine these disparate elements, to give me a feeling of integrity. I wanted to find transcendence from the conflict I felt between my passion for Bolivia and for personal computers
Looking at the kaleidoscope the patterns are changing constantly. And everytime you press a key on the keyboard you get another moving pattern.
There is no way to accurately photograph the inside of the kaleidoscope inside of "Huaca." But this is as close as I could get.