The Martyr
The Martyr

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Surreal Visions

And With What Body Do They Come:

El Martir (The Martyr)

ARTIST NOTES:

This series employs combined myths to illustrate the journey to salvation and enlightenment. The title alludes to a poem by Emily Dickinson which in turn refers to the Resurrection.

The Martyr was a young native who was brutally murdered and dismembered by the army of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cort├ęs. From his blood, corn grew for the first time in Latin America. The painting also refers to the cannibalization of native cultures by the invading conquerors.

ICONS & SYMBOLS:

Hieroglyphics and designs are hammered into gold metal at the top of the painting. A small retablo with Maria’s mermaid being carried away is attached to lower right frame. The 3 monkeys are witnesses.

MATERIAL NOTES:

The metal used as the substrate for the painting and the attached elements (columns, ceiling decor, goblet and retablo) is cut from old newspaper press sheets (typically aluminum).


Dimensions: 27in x 23in

Media: Acrylic and oil on metal, metal sculptures adhered to frame.

Year: 1991