Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Wall Wednesday

This is a yarn drawing from Mexico. I have always loved the use of fabric, yarn, or any substance that has fiber contained in it. I think that a person has to be born that way to have the reaction that I have. Anyway, this was done around 1945, I think. My uncle got it when he was attending the art school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He traded it for one of his pieces. I don't know if he ever loved it as much as I did because I never saw it hanging in his place.
My uncle could see my fascination with it and gave it to me. I wasn't able to question him about the artist. The only thing that I did find out was that the fellow was an Indian from the back hills of Mexico. The subject are primordial images that are represented in artwork around the world. Every culture has these one and two cell beings on their rock walls. I once found a discarded library book about Lemuria (a supposed continent that was in the Pacific Ocean. Part of that continent is supposedly California). The book was filled with these images. The serpent, the one and two cell creature, all the beginnings of life were in this book.
There is writing on the back and the Spanish (which someone translated for me. My Spanish is work Spanish only), is very poor Spanish and has words that are not legible. But what it does say is that the images represent part of the Indian heritage.
I believe from my research that it may have been made from someone of the tribe Huichol.

Measurements: 23 1/2 X 23 1/2 On Plywood Wool Yarn circa mid 1940


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

It's amazing how the colors have held up! This is beautiful and especially beautiful as art, as history on so many levels. Lucky you!

Pat said...

I love the bright colors and the shapes of this piece. It's amazing the moths haven't eaten it up!

Phyllis said...

This is absolutely amazing. What a great piece. Thanks for sharing such a gem