x SOLD Stephen C. Datz - The Beauty Way
- Medium: Oil on Canvas Board
- Size: 48'' x 48''
54.5" x 54.5" framed. Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly. "In the traditions and stories of the Navajo, Spider Woman holds a prominent place of respect and reverence, for she gave the people the knowledge of weaving and is said to have counseled them to live "in the beauty way." That term is a rather loose translation of the Navajo language root "hozho" (with accents on the o's"), for which there really is no straight up corresponding English word or phrase. That term in and of itself has been the subject of much spoken and written thought, and I am told it is central to Navajo culture and beliefs. But in it's most simplistic definition it can be taken to mean "to live in balance and harmony with the world." I mention this because the subject of this piece is Spider Rock in Canyon De Chelly, dwelling place of Spider Woman, as seen on a bright, warm autumn day. Standing in the shadow of this 800 foot spire, with the sun blazing in the sky behind it, and the profound beauty of the canyon surrounding it, it was easy to feel the beauty way." - Stephen C. Datz