Artist/Maker: Menchaca Studio (since 2010)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Fiberglass Sculpture decorated with Fine Crystals Beads
Date: Created in 2019
Dimensions: H. 115 cm. x W. 150 cm. x L. 251 cm. / Weight 80 Kg.
Art style: Sculpture / Huichol Art / Mexican Art / Modern Folk Art
Elaboration time: 1 year
Current Location: Artist’s collection in Mexico City
Curator’s note: ‘Transcend yourself into the soulful Huichol world of Menchaca Studio.’
Praised for the opulent blend of the ancient Mexican spirit with the contemporary vision, Menchaca Studio consciously chooses to put in the spotlight the strong and agile jaguar, one of ‘Mexico’s most enduring symbolic animals for more than three thousand years‘, according to Dr. Nicholas Saunders (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, School of Arts, University of Bristol).
Based on Dr. Saunders’ bibliography ‘…beautiful but deadly, the jaguar till today, amongst Mexico’s indigenous people, has retained a tenacious grip on the human imagination…this impressive beast…is identified with sorcery and magic, and regarded as the spirit-helper of shamans and sorcerers, as well as the most dazzling symbol of priests and kings…being regarded in mythology as the ‘master of animals‘, and spiritual lord of the powers of fertility in the natural world…Native Americans regard humans and jaguars as spiritual equals…every man carries the jaguar within himself…and every jaguar may be a man in disguise’.
In this sense, Jaguar from Menchaca Studio collection, as a genuine artwork of the Mexican Huichol tribe, emerges from within, achieving a strong bond between the reality and the divine. Jaguars, in popular with Huichol tradition, are the messengers of Tatewari, the god of fire, whom the Huicholes call jaguar Mayetse, and has infinite power in devouring the failing people’s spirits. These animals are the guardians of the sacred vows that the ancient shamans took during their initiation years.
Respectively, the artwork carries a compensating largeness of effect and a sense of welcome vigor, as if the present Jaguar figure possesses supernatural strength and magical powers. So dominant in shape and size, standing upon a display-base that gives the impression of a throne-platform, the large animal sculpture of sacred character definitely upscales any space where placed or exhibited.
Worthy of the feline’s reputation being the most masterful hunter, the graceful outlines of the animal’s corpus in a potential motion reflect the intense and conscientious action, exerted by the presented Jaguar, and his natural talent for hunting on land, up trees and in water. It acts out the moment of stasis just before his attack somewhere in the depths of the tropical rainforest.
The fiberglass Jaguar sculpture of Menchaca Studio is conceived and handcrafted in collaboration with the selected group of artisans of the Menchaca Studio, 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. By means of a process in which it communicates with their ‘spiritual world’ it powerfully incorporates their immortal culture, belief and profound knowledge with regards to nature, history and cosmology.
Capitalizing on the traditional technique of Huichol Art that draws upon both, the bead by bead embedding, and the powerful motifs of imagery, the authentic Huichol Jaguar sculptural piece, apart from acting as an homage to the artistry and distinctiveness of hand-craftmanship of Huicholes, further combines a vibrant color pallet to form an attractive mosaic that interweaves with the ancient symbology of their millenary Huichol art.
Deceptively sensational in appearance, and synchronously distinctive with a modernist take, along through its vibrant colorful fine crystal beads and intricate pattern details, inevitably thrusts itself into attention, magnetizing the viewer at once. It surely succeeds in contracting timeless cultural traditions, while effortlessly reveals a whole new impressive world of modern folk classiness.
Ancient art practices & modern aesthetics ➞ all in one of a kind unparalleled piece of art.
Discover on |’n Art| platform the importance of this most majestic of felines in the Arts and Cultures of Mexico through the impressive handmade authentic work of Mechaca Studio, as masterfully delivered by Huichol people.
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