“In order to secure the oil in the Middle East, the United States started the Persian Gulf War in 1990 under Bill Clinton. It was during the Gulf War that the military started using war machines—tanks, guns and bullets—made of depleted uranium. This is when I realized that all wars were simply about securing access to power sources.
I painted Christa, Christ as a woman, as in the original crucifixion images but hanging from the Tree of Life whose branches bore the fruits of dates, grapes and apples.
The creation of Christa was a pivotal point in my journey as an artist. Upon finishing this piece, I felt that I had freed myself to come out of the studio and enter the world as an activist.
I feel Christa very much resonates with our political situation now. After so many years, we are still facing the same problems. Basically, not only was the feminine sacrificed, but also Jesus Christ in the way he was hanged. A Bodhisattva Savior, his feminine was sacrificed." –Mayumi Oda
A giclée (zhee-KLAY) is a fine art archival pigment print. A reproduction of an original art work, the piece is digitally photographed and then precisely reproduced on a large format printer.
Our giclées are printed using the longest lasting pigmented inks on the finest papers available. We use a water based pigment printer on pH balanced paper or fabric. The best quality prints are currently created with 12-color ink sets, as used by our printer.
At this time, this is the only format in which to own many Mayumi’s large thangka paintings.