Paintings > Bodies in a River: traces of an iconic mission

80 or so paintings that are based on photographs taken by five missionaries in the jungles of Ecuador in 1956. These men were slain in an attempt to convert an isolated tribe known as the Aucas (Huaorani). The body of work traces their imperiled evangelical mission with a complex history of Amazonian conquests and post-war America. Source-images include 1950’s newsprint and copy advertisements, the field journals of Henry Water Bates, South American paintings of Martin Johnston Heade, Sebas’ Cabinet of Natural Curiosities and etchings from the Spanish Conquest.