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.
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:
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