Many Tongues

Many Tongues

original painting by Heather Bird Harris

'Many Tongues' 2021


foraged clay and deconstructed brick watercolors from Bayou Bonfouca / Salmen Brickyard / St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, ink, acrylic, pastel, and charcoal on raw canvas


24" x 36"

Douglas Fir floating frame included




This landscape is made from Louisiana clays foraged from an area that was once called Bulbancha or "the place of many tongues.” The geography of the area lent itself to become a trading center for many tribes including the Chitimacha, Choctaw, Ishak, Tunica, and Natchez nations. The title of the painting is an acknowledgement of the land’s history, a nod to how the earth affects human interaction, and also a celebration of diversity. 


While making this piece I kept stepping back to view it and found, to my surprise, that I was actually painting a body. I had intended to paint the land but I subconsciously was painting a woman. So ‘Many Tongues’ also references the feminine landscape and embraces the myriad, beautiful, wonderous connections between the earth and women.


Created as a part of the 'Qualia' Collection.  Learn more about this collection, the history of the earthen materials, and the inspiration behind the collection HERE.


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