Animals in Mexican Art, part 1, butterflies, fish, and cows

I have been writing recently about animals hereabouts.  Real animals.  Live ones.  Ones that my Mexican neighbors here in Jocotepec know about and love.  But the folks down here also incorporate lots of animals into their artistic mediums.  Here are the first of some of my favorite representational animals, insects, and other critters.

The photo at the top of this post is of butterfly hairclips for sale in Tonala, an area of Guadalajara known for its artisans.

Beautiful, aren’t they?  Here are a couple more views:

Here in Jocotepec municipality, we do love our fish.  They not only provide food, but employment as well.  Not only for folks on the Pacific coast just a few hours east of us, but for the local folks as well.  Every day on Lake Chapala you can see fishermen with their cast nets hauling in charrales, a minnow-type fish that thrives in Lake Chapala.  And so it’s only appropriate that the artists who contributed to the Joco malecon [boardwalk] would honor fish.

While charrales are small, the statuary is large!  For instance, the seat on this mosaic piece can easily accommodate two adults, one hefty size.  I know this because when my friend Jenn was here a few years ago, she took a picture of the two of us sitting there.

As you may know, I’ve written previously about how much we love our cattle down here.  So much so that they, too, get represented in artistic pieces.

For example, these artisanal cows and dogs were for sale at one of Chapala’s art fairs:

And this bronze bull was going for high dollars at another artisanal fair in Chapala:

Heck, I like cows enough that I have a couple of them in my house.  Not the real ones, you understand, but these two:

The one above lives over the sink in the kitchen.  The one below serves as the cowie bank [as opposed to piggy bank] for my friend Antonio’s son, Pedro.  Instead of me having to deal with lots of [literally and figuratively] small coins, they go in here and every couple of months get turned over to Antonio for Pedrito.  If I live long enough, I can probably, via cowie,  put the kid through a couple of years of school!

 And as a particular type of animal, you know you’ve “made it” when your image is presented as a ride for kids outside the grocery store.  Before you go, here’s your video song for the day:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_1N-UdGXsg

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About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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