Eagle Feathers Set Artist's Painting on Fire
"I don't consider myself a religious man, but after this experience I think I'm starting to believe."
Artist Sean Diediker is the newest recipient of the Grand Prize at the 29th Annual Spiritual and Religious Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art for his latest painting "Medicine Man."
Diediker fully credits the award to a spiritual ceremony performed on his painting the previous week by Hidatsa Nation spiritual leader Winston Mason. The ceremony is called a smudge and is preformed by burning cedar, sage, tobacco, and sweetgrass then spreading the smoke in four directions via winds from Eagle feathers along with native prayers. "I'm honored and humbled to have participated in such a rare experience" says Diediker, "He set my painting on fire spiritually and for part it almost literally!"
According to Mr. Mason the blessing on the painting is also carried into the home the it goes to. To celebrate this experience Diediker has released a signed and numbered limited edition of his painting "Medicine Man" with hopes of partnering with multiple charities to raise money for those in need.
Diediker, "I don't consider myself a religious man, but after this experience I think I'm starting to believe."
Diediker is an internationally acclaimed artist who began his career in Utah. His artwork is on exhibit at museums and galleries worldwide. Diediker’s art was recently chronicled in a book titled The Wax Onion: The Art of Sean Diediker, and hosts a docu-series called "Canvasing the World" that is in currently in production. He has been commissioned widely, including recent work for President Obama.