96.8 x 60.1 cm (38 1/8 x 23 11/16 in.)
(Morenci, Arizona, 1945 - , Morenci, Arizona)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Michael Amescua studied anthropology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he focused on myth and rituals of the ancient Americas. For Self Help Graphics, he produced a series of prints representing Mesoamerican mythical figures. The Aztecs considered Toci to be the mother of the gods. Here she is depicted as a pregnant female figure wearing a deer headdress and a lacy garment, a suggestion of the somehow sinful quality of Toci, who also shares some aspects with Tlazolteotl, goddess of fertility, sin, and filth.