Fausto Fernandez – Malinalxochitl
Dimensions: 89 x 63″
Media: collage resin, acrylic, oil sticks, spray paint on canvas.
Fausto Fernandez’s 2018 piece Malinalxochitl has its origins in Aztec mythology. Malinalxochitl was the sister of Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec patron god of Tenochtitlan. She is a sorceress and goddess of snakes, scorpions, and insects of the desert. Her name means “Beautiful Wildflower”. According to legend, Malinalxochitl was abandoned by Huitzilopochtli and the Aztecs. Her physical form is that of a young girl.
Fausto Fernandez is a mixed media collage artist whose works include a variety of paintings, public art, and community engagement projects, through which he explores the relationship of nature and technology as they intersect with human behavior. Materials used include wallpaper, asphalt, spray paint, acrylic paint, and laserjet transfers. Instructional materials, such as schematics and blueprints, provide meaning to his work. Fernandez’s artworks are a reflection of his identity challenging the cultural environment in which he was raised along the border of Mexico and the United States. He explores the unique ways in which people communicate and express themselves as individuals within society, and attempt to capture the essential ingredients of wonder that exceed the limits of multicultural border subjects.