Artist/Maker: MENCHACA STUDIO (since 2010)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Fiberglass Sculpture decorated with Fine Crystals Beads / Bronze Flipper and Tale with a 14 karat Gold Bath
Date: Created in 2019
Dimensions: H. 77.5 cm. x W. 21 cm. x L. 41 cm. / Weight 6 kg.
Art style: Sculpture / Huichol Art / Modern Folk Art
Elaboration time: 2 years
Current Location: Artist’s collection in Mexico City
Curator’s note: ‘Dive like a Dolphin into the mystic Huichol world of Menchaca Studio.’
An explosion of colour and bright motifs, full of sacred symbols. ➞ The Dolphin sculpture from Menchaca Studio’s Huichol collection sets the elegance standard putting in the spotlight the graceful mammal which, since ancient times, holds powerful symbolic representation.
The sailors, after spending months at sea, used to perceive the sight of dolphins swimming next to their ship as a sign that land was close. Since then, dolphins are considered as a good luck symbol, saviours and protectors of the waters. They epitomize divinity, and are seen as a link, a delicate balance between human and nature. All contribute to their potent symbolism, nearly equal to an excellent omen, across many cultures, warranting protection, renewal and reincarnation.
Within this framework, thoughtfully designed, the Menchaca Studio small yet impressive Dolphin figure carries such a compensating sense of sacred character and physical beauty. Revealing itself in strides, it punctuates the artful spirit of Mexican people and occupies a space between worlds, between the living and the ancestral.
In the same way to the entirety of Menchaca Studio’s total output, so too the fiberglass Dolphin sculpture is conceived and handcrafted in collaboration with a special selected group of artisans, members of the pre-conquest community of native Huichol Indians of Mexico’s remote Sierra Madre Occidental region whose culture has survived through thousands of years.
Capitalizing on the traditional technique of Huichol Art that draws upon both the carefully bead by bead embedding by hand and the powerful motifs of imagery, the authentic Huichol Dolphin statuette poignantly and beautifully exemplifies traditional beadwork. It combines fine crystals with intricate pattern details to form an attractive mosaic that interweaves with the ancient symbology of the millenary Huichol art and its shamanistic traditions while synchronously exemplifying the mammal’s qualities as for happiness, playfulness, willpower, humor, virtue, mental, power, courtesy, wholeness and team work.
As a genuine artwork of the Mexican Huichol tribe, Dolphin emerges from within, achieving a strong bond between the reality and the divine. By means of a process in which it communicates with the ‘spiritual world’ of Huicholes, it powerfully incorporates their immortal culture, belief and profound knowledge with regards to nature, history, religion and cosmology.
Despite its small size, the Dolphin figurine, so dominant in shape and deceptively astounding in form, looks like a marvel to behold in the aquatic world. The elegant outlines of the corpus, along with a bronze flipper and tale of 14 karat gold bath, highlight its graceful silhouette, give the impression of potential movement, and reflect the emotional and intellectual traits in its action.
Distinctive with a modernist take, Menchaca Studio Dolphin succeeds in contracting timeless cultural traditions while effortlessly revealing a whole new remarkable world of modern folk classiness. It surely is the team work of Menchaca Studio creators which has given a highly contemporary interpretation to the long-established genre of Huichol art that ancient artistic practices and modern aesthetics, all come across in suchlike one-of-a-kind unparalleled piece of sculpture.
Discover on the |’n Art| gallery online platform the Art and Culture of Mexico through the Menchaca Studio handmade authentic works, broadly acknowledged for their strong impact to the viewer, as masterfully are delivered by Huichol people.
Place now into your space the statement fine crystal Dolphin sculpture, invoke its vibrations, and find yourself having life-changing opportunities blessed with bravery and strength, according to ancient traditions and quotes.
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