The iconography is strikingly familiar, but the execution comes with a twist. Tlisza Jaurique takes traditional Mexican imagery–Aztec motifs, local fauna, nationalist colors–but mixes in contemporary nuances. Her main ingredient? Glitter.
The Madonna takes center stage in Taller Puertorriqueño’s current exhibition, A Contemporary Madonna Counterpoint: Mexico & Puerto Rico. Jaurique offers the Mexican perspective, while Philadelphia artist and musician Daniel de Jesús offers a Puerto Rican-inspired view. While de Jesús’ influences of colonial Latin American art, Japanese anime, and fashion certainly offer an interesting interpretation of the contemporary Madonna figure, it is Jaurique’s work that steals the show.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jaurique is heavily influenced by her cultural identity. Her roots trace back to Mexico’s indigenous people (her grandmother was from the Nahua and Yaqui communities). Consequently, traditional Mexican celebrations, such as the Day of the Dead and the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, are prominent in her works’ blend of topography, painting, and sculpture.
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