In search of Aztlan, let hope be the roadmap. Let our tears fill lakes and rivers- carrying us to unknown edens. Was Aztlan ever the promised land? Or are we turtles, continuously carrying home on our backs?, 2021
Handmade tapestry in an oval shape with a wide variety of materials, colors and objects. This delicate and open work features a color palette of burgundy, indigo, gold, ivory and teal. Objects and fabric such as paper combs, beads, leather, burlap, linen and woven cornhusk can be found throughout.
Via the artist:
"This piece was inspired after reading Heart of Aztlan, by Rudolfo Anaya. This piece explores themes of migration, home, and the diaspora- specifically my family’s and that of the legend of the Mexicas. Legend says, the Mexica were ordered to leave their homeland Aztlan, by the god Huitzilopotchli (represented by the hummingbird). Aztlan was a paradise, but when the Mexica left everything turned against them. Aztlan is more than a representation of home and migration, but of displacement."
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Artist: Jessica Elena Aquino
Size: 25 in x 48 in
Age: Contemporary, 2021
Country of Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Medium: Handwoven Tapestry
Material: Synthetic yarn, indigo dyed yarn, various scraps of fabric, drawing on linen, burlap, leather, paper combs, beads, woven cornhusks