The Motherworld series was inspired by African funerary sculpture in an Emory University's Carlos Museum catalog. The paintings refer to plantforms, female imagery of creative birthing and nourishment, petroglyphs, and pictographs. They are in rich earth colors with iridescent gold: bean shapes, archways, womb vessels, and leaves.I saw rock art at many sites around Santa Fe, and there is certainly southwest flavor in these paintings. "Motherworld" refers to many things: the earth, mother and source to us all, and our inner lives.  The figure that looks like a Hopi kachina doll is Mawu, the female half of the creator couple in the west African region of Benin/Dahomey. These spirits/deities depicted in a similar way on different continents are expressions of a global mother tongue. Pastels on paper and mixed media paintings 1990-2001.

more images soon

Motherworld 2: Vessel. Sherri Silverman. 1990. 30" x 29.5". PAstels and pencil on paper. Collection Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe, NM.

Motherworld 2: Vessel. Sherri Silverman. 1990. 30" x 29.5". PAstels and pencil on paper. Collection Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe, NM.

Motherworld 3: Mawu. Sherri Silverman. 1990. Pastels and pencil on paper. 30" x 29.5". Collections Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe, NM.

Motherworld 3: Mawu. Sherri Silverman. 1990. Pastels and pencil on paper. 30" x 29.5". Collections Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe, NM.

Motherworld 5: Spirals. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 1991. 29.5" x 30". Private collection, Carmel, CA. 

Motherworld 5: Spirals. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 1991. 29.5" x 30". Private collection, Carmel, CA. 

Motherworld 6: Gold Mawu. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 1991. 27.5" x 28.5". 

Motherworld 6: Gold Mawu. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 1991. 27.5" x 28.5".