Piece description from the artist
In February of 2011 I traveled to Ecuador with a friend from college on a research grant to study the indigenous practices of Ecuadoran Amazonian shamans. Ayahuasqueros, the shamans are called, guide groups of people through the ritual ingestion of a tea brewed over many days in accordance with ancient practices. During these experiences, I had indescribable visions, which have greatly affected my worldview and heightened my awareness of interconnectivity and the transitory and glorious nature of life. This is the second of six drawings which encompass the death of the ego which ayahuasca almost forces the user to experience.