La Vieja Machis / Legend of Lake Chapala
About the Painting
In this digtal painting, Garr interprets the three forces that have existed in balance on Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico for millennia.
In the middle we can see the rain god Tlaloc. His is an interesting force because it can be both a bad force and a good force. A good force because the rains are the life-blood of the lake, and a bad force when he is angered and a bit over enthusiastic.
On the right is Michicihualli (“fish+maiden” in the local indigenous language) – a pre-hispanic mythological figure from the north shore of Lake Chapala. She takes the form of a female figure, and represents the spirit of the lake. She guides the people to help ensure good fishing and abundance of life. She is a good force. “La Vieja Machis” is a colloquialism for Michicihualli.
On the lake shore on the bottom right are some of the ceremonial clay jars the local people would throw into the lake to honour Michicihualli.
This is Garr's interpretation of the legend of Lake Chapala.
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Digital art resembling an acrylic painting, reproduced on gallery-wrapped canvas — Size (W x H): 75cm x 46cm (30in x 18in).