Oil painting and embroidery on fabric, based on a Zapatista girl from Chiapas, Mexico.
In the ongoing Beédxe series I experiment with a mix of drawing, painting and embroidery, exploring the contrast between pictorial and illustrative styles.
It is inspired by people from local communities that we met while organizing participatory public art projects. The concept that guides these projects is the symbolic search for collective memory and local identities.
The embroidery on the jaguar mask represents the “nahual”: a prehispanic myth about the human-animal duality. Particularly, the jaguar is considered to be a god of earth and nature and somehow I am very attracted to this representation.
The wool used for the embroidery was hand made and dyed with natural pigments by local artisans in the rug community of Teotitlán Del Valle, Oaxaca.