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Senor del Monte/ Mu Xandohu

Senor del Monte/ Mu Xandohu

Artist: Lydia Madrid (1950 Marfa, Texas - 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1990
Medium: pastel, graphite, and colored pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Frame: 32 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 3/4 in. (81.9 × 61.6 × 1.9 cm)
Classification: Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Ray Graham
Object number: PC2020.8.73
DescriptionAbstract composition with several small marks, faint patches of color in shades of green, blue, yellow, and red, and an agave plant in the bottom left quadrant.
Not on view
Label Text:Lydia Madrid’s spacious drawings are filled with personal and spiritual references to her own mixed Indigenous and European heritage as well as her connection to the desert landscape. The large amount of space left unmarked in Madrid’s work was described by her as analogous to language; the identifiable objects serving as nouns and blank spaces serving as verbs, Madrid stated: “Nouns stop time… A lot of Western art is about nouns… Identifying objects isn’t what it’s about.” Señor del Monte/ Mū Xandohu is the name for the Christ Figure in both Spanish and Otomí, an Indigenous language and culture in Central Mexico. The triptych summons images and symbols reminiscent of Indigenous Meso-American beliefs. Madrid’s delicate mark-making and minimalist aesthetic give a sense of expanded time for the viewer to slowly absorb all the details.