Fausto Fernandez – Chalchiuhtlicue
Dimensions: 60 x 48″
Media: collage, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
Fausto Fernandez grew up crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S., and he continues to cross borders with his artwork every day. His paintings have been featured at such museums as the Tucson Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, and the McNay Art Museum. Fernandez’s works are included in the monograph Beauty Reigns: The Baroque in Contemporary Art, as well as other art books. Fernandez uses urban materials such as spray paint and wallpaper in his works, creating a celebratory atmosphere in each painting.
Fausto Fernandez’s 2018 piece Chalchiuhtlicue derives its inspiration from Aztec mythology. In the Aztec language, Chalchiuhtlicue translates to “She of the Jade Skirt.” She is the Aztec goddess of water in all of its forms, including religious baptism. Jade carries a sweet, light, and nourishing energy that can feel very healing. It has a soothing purity about it and purifies the energy field in a manner that is accepting, loving, and wise.
Black contains every aspect of the color spectrum. The Pleroma, in the all-encompassing Jungian sense, comes to mind as it is both devoid of color and full of color at the same time.