This print is a woodblock print on paper. Untitled illustrates a naked woman standing in the center of the image, standing on a large chair that extends down to the bottom of the print. The image of two people, seemingly children, rest on the left and right panels of the print. Both figures are cut off before you can see their faces.
From the Artist:
It has to the Virgin of Guadalupe, who is the equivalent of the Virgin Mary. She was an Aztec god and when the Spaniards took over the Aztec and converted them, they needed something to bind them together. So they took this goddess, the mother earth goddess Tonantzin. They actually put her in traditional catholic garb and told the indigenous people that now she is your god, and little by little started accepting her. This piece has a lot of imagery that reveals what was happening there, the pattern on the chair is actually from her robe, parts of the Mexican flag can be seen with the cactus and the snake, and above an Aztec mask looking over.
I use chairs a lot in my work, to represent the church and the strength of the church. I remember always seeing a big chair in the middle of the aisle when you would walk down. I use this symbol to talk about authority and in this work Tonantzin is coming out and donning the robe and stepping into the role of authority, accepting the crown and becoming a new catholic god to the Aztec’s.
Danny Alvarez is a Mexican-American mural painter and printmaker born in El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA fin printmaking from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. His art is in the collections of the Arizona Stat...Read More ⟶