Introducing, "Ixchel, Goddess of Healing" 36 x 48” oil & collage on wood. On view for "Invincible" a new exhibition at Marin MOCA until 9/5. This new painting was sold at the opening so this will be the only time to see it in person. LMK if you'd like to meet there to walk through the exhibition. Thanks!
I made this video to show the evolution of the painting entitled, “Ixchel, Goddess of Healing (36" x 48").” Ixchel, (pronounced “E-shell,”), is a Mayan Goddess of the Moon, of Love, and many other things. She is the Mother of all of the Mayan deities and rules over the cycles of life and death. I like painting her because I have roots in the area where she is worshipped. (My father was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and moved to the U.S. when he was a boy.) Ixchel had many responsibilities, love being what I was reaching for with this painting. I felt like an open wound over the toxicity from the last presidency, with all the hatred being nurtured and grown within this country. I needed to paint something healing so I called on Ixchel for help.
I think the rise of the BLM movement was the most important event that came out of those four years. And I consider Latinx, Asian Americans, Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans and all people of color to be included in the national reckoning currently underway. There's a lot of room for improvement, specifically with the brutality of the George Floyd murder. But then something happened for the first time; a conviction for the killer, Derek Chauvin. Finally, it felt like a turning point for race in this country. The fight for equity doesn't end with one conviction but it's a start, one I wasn't sure I'd ever see. And I find it very hopeful.
I was a little intimidated to use the great Sam Cooke's legendary song, "A Change is Gonna Come" but it felt so current to the social justice battle being fought today, I ended up using it and I hope that's okay. It's more of a tribute, intended to show gratitude, respect, and admiration to the man.
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