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Tamoanchan Tree, 2013

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Lino print onto Zerkall offwhite rough 145gsm paper

20.47 x 15.55 in

52.0 x 39.5 cm

Edition of 30

Signed by the artist.

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    About The Work

    This image is loosely based on a depiction of the Tamoanchan Tree, taken from the Laud Codex, an ancient Aztec manuscript depicting animals, gods, and monsters alongside dates and astronomical markers. Tamoanchan is a mythical location believed by the people of the Mesoamerican cultures of central Mexico to be the place of origin, where humans were made and time began. The tree holds many different symbols; commonly, it is depicted severed, either lacerated or bifurcated. From the cut flows blood and jewels, symbolizing the most prominent and overarching mythical theme across all Mesoamerican civilizations: the separation and balance of forces, such as life/death, hot/cold, dry/wet. Here, Mariana Castillo Deball uses the simple graphic method of mono lino printing and reinterprets the historical legacy of the Tamoanchan tree. 

    Courtesy of Chisenhale Gallery.

    About Mariana Castillo Deball

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