At Queen City in Poughkeepsie, Elisa Pritzker is channeling the art of a lost indigenous people, the Selknam, of her native Argentina. In a time where valuative norms and truth itself are attacked daily, Pritzker interprets the visual language of shamanic objects to evoke "respect for the family, community, nature, and all cultures." Working with a stripped-down pallet of red, black, and white, and the fundamental materials of wood, fiber, hair, and bone, she creates ritualistic devices to weave her benevolent spell in "Sagrado (Sacred)."
—Carl Van Brunt
As part of “Sagrado [Sacred]," Elisa Pritzker will give an artist's talk on 12/7. After trip to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia, Argentina, Elisa felt inspired by the positive spiritual-shamanic beliefs of the ancient/current Selknam People that suffered a brutal genocide, but their culture is alive and thriving.
The idea behind this body of work is to touch the lives of as many people as possible from all races and ages to o favor the development of a reflective and critical audience - promoting cultural diversity and respect for all cultures- starting off from the spiritual wealth and Selknam world-view.