There is so much that I love about Mexico. To me, Mexico represents freedom. Freedom from my past, freedom from northern weather, from work and responsibilities. What I love the most is the local people and how they are free to express themselves so passionately. This passion is exploding everywhere. The scent and flavor of the spicy food, the intricate architecture and colorful clothing. Everything and everyone seems so alive and when I am there, I feel so alive too. In almost every Mexican town that I have visited, both large and small, the one aspect that always stands out the most is how the people make everything and anything a canvas. Graffiti is not only not breaking the law but it is an accepted, no an expected way of life. Each painting has a story. Some stories are historical and deep, about revolution or women’s rights while some stories are merely about brightening someones life. The following art is some of the very few works that stood out to me. One day, I would like to take a trip simply devoted to recording the priceless artwork I saw everywhere. Though many of the artists will never be credited for their work or life passion, their expressions are as priceless as any piece in any museum anywhere.
While their structures appear modest by any means, this seams to have no bearing on the feeling of richness they convey through the use of color and in the freedom of their design.
Here on Isla Mujeres ( Island of Women ) it only makes sense that many of the paintings revolve around not equality but the power of femininity. Some would argue that this feminine power is far greater than any masculine force. The Mayans believed this island to be the home of Ixchel, goddess of the moon, responsible for fertility, feminine health and happiness.
If you look closely at the following Mosaic, you’ll see that the words to the left “Hittite Goddess” and to the lower left on the door …. of Mesopotamia. The sign reads “Feminine Rising”. It appears that the female form to the left of the door is giving birth. I did not notice all of this detail at the time. I really would like to return just to study this mosaic wall.
The Street Art found on Isla does not all revolve around the spiritual energy of women. Some murals seem to tell a more Caribbean story and some are just colorful, happy door ways.
Pre-Columbian Street Art
Street Art of all mediums can be appreciated!
It was difficult for me to go through my pictures of Isla and narrow it down to these few images. I can see a coffee table photo book in my future containing only Street Art of Mexico. Just as every town and village has its own unique flavor in its’ cuisine they also have a unique identity to their paintings. I envy the way that the people feel complete freedom in expressing themselves creatively on any surface that can be imagined as a canvas. Life is their canvas.
Mayan Inspiration, Sunrise on Isla
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