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El Señor del Tomatl (The Lord of Tomatoes), West

El Señor del Tomatl (The Lord of Tomatoes), West

Artist: Catalina Delgado-Trunk (born 1945 Mexico City, Mexico; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 2012
Medium: cut paper (papel picado)
Dimensions:
Paper: 31 × 38 3/4 in. (78.7 × 98.4 cm)
Frame: 39 3/4 × 47 5/8 × 1 1/2 in. (101 × 121 × 3.8 cm)
Classification: Paper Art
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase
Object number: PC2012.6.4
Not on view
Label Text:In the Otomí tradition of San Pablito in the Mexican state of Puebla, Delgado-Trunk has created visual depictions of the “seed souls” of four of the major foods developed in ancient times in Mesoamerica.

El Señor del jitomate is the seed soul associated with tomatoes and the Western directional point. The topographic glyph on the torso of the central figure depicts Tomatla- “place with an abundance of tomatoes”.

Catalina Delgado-Trunk has academic training focused on painting and drawing. However, her current work is rooted in the folk arts that reflect traditions, myths, and history of the culture of her native Mexico. She recasts traditional images and techniques in a modern aesthetic, integrating traditional art forms- such as papel picado (cut paper) - with contemporary themes.

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Catalina Delgado-Trunk

born 1945 Mexico City, Mexico; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico

El Señor del Tomatl (The Lord of Tomatoes), West

2012

papel picado (cut paper)

museum purchase

PC2012.6.4

 

Working in the Otomí tradition of San Pablito in the Mexican state of Puebla, Catalina Delgado-Trunk has created visual depictions of the “seed souls” of four of the major foods developed in Mesoamerica.

 

El Señor del chile is the seed soul associated with chile peppers and the Northern directional point. The topographic glyph on the torso of the central figure depicts Chilapa- “at the river of chiles”. El Señor del frijol is the seed soul associated with beans and the Southern directional point. The topographic glyph on the torso of the central figure depicts Villa de Etla- “town of beans”. El Señor del maiz is the seed soul associated with maize or corn and the Eastern directional point.  A sacred glyph for corn appears on the torso of the central figure.  Corn is known as the “golden king” and was and is the most important food throughout Mesoamerica. El Señor del jitomate is the seed soul associated with tomatoes and the Western directional point. The topographic glyph on the torso of the central figure depicts Tomatla- “place with an abundance of tomatoes”.

 

Catalina Delgado-Trunk has academic training focused on painting and drawing. Her work is also rooted in traditions, myths, and histories of the culture of her native Mexico. She recasts iconic images through techniques that result in a modern aesthetic, integrating traditional art forms- such as papel picado (cut paper) - with contemporary themes.