Daisy Youngblood
Anubis and the First Chakra, 2012

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Anubis and the First Chakra
Artist name
Daisy Youngblood
Date created
clay, wood, and stone
32 in. × 22 in. × 17 1/2 in. (81.28 cm × 55.88 cm × 44.45 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift
© Daisy Youngblood
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

Audio Stories

Youngblood on the origins of this sculpture

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Hi, Im Christine – one of the writers behind this audio guide. And this sculpture was so mysterious, I just had to talk to the artist about it… 


SFX sounds of a number being dialed, error tones 


MURRAY : (no break in dial tone audio):  

Turns out, Daisy Youngblood lives and works in a remote part of Costa Rica. 


MURRAY: Uh oh.”  



Your call cannot be completed at this time in the country you are calling, please try your call later 



After a few attempts, I finally got through. 

(phone ringing)  


MURRAY: Here we go, its ringing now. 






Daisy, hi, how are you? 


MURRAY  (no break in phone call audio):  
I wanted to know everything. She told me this sculpture started with a walk through the woods. 


SFX: The sounds of the landscape; birds, a river rushing, insects buzzing 



Im on the side of the mountain. Its overgrown now with trees. And theres a big river running through. 


It was after a flood and the river bank had torn up small trees. And so this one tree that I dragged in from the river had the rock still in it, that it had grown around. 


I don’t have a plan. I dont preconceive the piece. The intention is to follow the energies that are waking up and see where they lead me.  


Im working with it or over a year, with nothing clicking, until one night I had a dream of Anubis coming out of the woods and looking at me, then going back in.  



Anubis is an Egyptian God associated with the afterlife. I looked it up. Daisy told me hes always pictured with the head of a dog.  



So not until the dream did I understand the rock, that had been in the root of the tree, as being the energy of our first chakra. 



Daisy says that taking time – sometimes a really long time – helps her cook the work down to its essence.”  



Its a process of discarding what doesnt resonate in a very deep way. The piece at the end is a very concentrated essence of gesture, of feeling. So its a very meditative process of the life and the work. I have to be very isolated. Just river and woods and not much interference.  



Thank you Daisy, it was great to talk with you. Bye. 



Bye Bye. 


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