oil on panel
48" x 24"
The Michoacana painting has inspiration rooted in the clay folk art figures commonly known as “catrinas”. These sculptures often have elaborately decorated designs upon their clothing. The theme of an indigenous mother carrying her newborn upon her back is something I wanted to depict as complementary to the huichol inspired attire which fill the subjects dress. In her hand she carries a plant in a pot which mirrors the traditional beadwork of the huichol people of central Mexico. The cubist skull is a recent invention of mine to make the imagery seem fresh and modern, oddly it also has a way of tying it back to Picasso’s original influence of primitive african masks which have a definite dialog with indigenous artwork of the americas as well.