THE POWER OF PLAY
I find both the colors and the interplay of humor and imagination of Mexico's celebrations captivating, especially the tradition of the giant puppets known as Mojigangas.
My current body of work, "The Power of Play, "arises from these Mojigangas.
The interchangeable accessories of my glass puppets offer an opportunity to interact and play depending on whim. I invite one to abandon the constraints and boundaries we face today while activating a sense of play, which leads to spontaneity and delight.
Reference - Point of Inspiration:
“The Monos de Calenda” or “Mojigangas” are giant puppets that have an important traditional role in Mexican fiestas. They range 15 feet in height, originated in Spain known as “Gigantes”, and were brought to Mexico in the early 1600s. They tend to be satirically fashioned, disproportionate, often burlesque, or represent famous or festive figures.
In the state of Oaxaca, they are known as “Monos de Calenda” and dress in regional and festive clothing according to the celebration. Most Oaxacan traditions begin with a Calenda where these puppets surge spontaneously as they traverse the streets of the historical centers of towns. They swirl, spin their long arms as they dance to the whirlwind of local musicians radiating colors, and humor and delight
In San Miguel de Allende in the State of Guanajuato, these puppets are referred to as “Mojigangas”. During cultural festivities and weddings, these giant puppets tower above you leading ceremonies or joyful celebrations through the narrow streets are known as " Callejoneadas”.
that magical freedom of imagination as a potential opening to different
cultural traditions so needed in today’s prevalent nationalistic ideology.