"Shuar Shrinkage (Ecuador)", 2019
Artist: John Peaspanen
About the Artwork: We'll never know who this gentleman was, beyond that he was a victim of the Shuar headhunters of Ecuador. Whichever tribe he was a member of, he was deemed important enough to become this bit of jungle taxidermy. The Shuar are well-known for their trophies. The secret process of how they shrink the heads involves repeated application of hot sand and soaking in a concoction made of Amazonian roots and herbs.
“I created this series of indigenous portraits to celebrate the diversity and unique tribal beauty found across the globe. Societal ideals and ideas of what is beautiful vary among cultures. One group’s perfection can often seem extreme to others. However, it is in these unique displays that we see that we are all not so different, after all. We are all ONE TRIBE.” —John Peaspanen
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 9" wide by 12" Tall
Framed: Gallery wrapped