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Palm (from the series Inanna)
Date: 2014
Artist: Randi Ganulin
American, born 1960
Medium: pigment print
Credit Line: Gift of Randi Ganulin in honor of her teacher and mentor, Patrick Nagatani, 2015
Description: Seeking to make a positive image after hearing of a friend’s cancer diagnosis, Ganulin used a picture of her hand combined with drawings of thistles from a family vacation to suggest the mystery of healing and the strength of the life force in all of us. One of her inspirations was the Mesopotamian deity Innana, who was dismembered in the underworld before being rescued and made whole again. The tale is a fitting metaphor for the descent into disease and the struggle to regain balance and health.
Object Number: 2015.15
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