La Vieja Machis / Legend of Lake Chapala

Digital Painting: La Vieja Machis / Legend of Lake Chapala

About the Painting

In this digtal painting, Garr depicts the three forces that have existed in balance on Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico for millennia.

On the far left we see a waterspount which is, in reality, Quetzalcoatl – the Aztec god of the wind (Ehecatl). A bad force.

In the middle we see the rain god Tlaloc. His is an interesting force because it can be both a bad force and a good force.

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.

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The Specs...

Digital art resembling an acrylic painting, reproduced on gallery-wrapped canvas — Size (W x H): 75cm x 46cm (30in x 18in).

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