Chris Berens


mixed media on panel
18 x 13 cm 2020

Iya is a storm monster. In various traditions she is considered a demon. The tornado, the snowstorm, the hurricane and the thunderstorm are all considered manifestations of this deity. She travels with her storms in a tipi painted with magical symbols. She enjoys running through the crops in springtime. She likes dancing with the leaves during the fall. She lives with her mother, Unk, who calls her her Little Teacup.

IYA is high-spirited and fiery. Even though she can be a little wild and reckless, she has a good heart and it’s just a storm in a teacup. She invites you to not be afraid of the storm but to dance in the rain. She will be dancing right beside you.

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