Time of Corn and Las Semillas del Pueblo
I was invited to participate in Calaca Cultural Center’s exhibition Time of Corn, a contemporary day of the dead exhibit. This struck a cord with me because It was the perfect opportunity to paint a folklore that I had been told many years ago about Quetzalcoatl and the ants.
As deity, culture hero, or legendary ruler, Quetzalcoatl appeared in some of the region’s most powerful and enduring stories. He represented life, motion, laughter, health, sexuality, and the arts and crafts of civilization, such as farming, cooking, and music. Read more: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Pr-Sa/Quetzalcoatl.html#ixzz3Fivy7ln6
In the tale, Quetzalcoatl noticed his view in the sky these small insects the ant. coming in and out working together to remove the seeds from this mountain. So, he transformed himself into an ant to ask the other ants what this seed was. He also bit into the seed and realized he could create people and a self sustaining culture.
My art piece speaks of where people came from, what corn does for the ground a reminder of how the corn and ground work together like a community. So, I used bright colors and featured Tlaloc
as huge rain cloud with lush garden, lighting striking the mountain, ants carrying blocks with representation of life, the sun, the flower, the ant, the skull. I named the piece, Las Semillas del Pueblo, which translates to- “the seeds of the community”- and in so many ways represents what I continually advocate through my work and own community!
Felt great to finally create this piece and have it be part of a wonderfully curated art exhibition by Marco Albarran, Director of Calaca Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ. The exhibition will continue through October 24, 2014 at Frontal Lobe Gallery
1301 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. View photos of the exhibit & opening here