Danza Ocelotl [Jaguar Dance]
89 x 58.6 cm (35 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.)
Yreina D. Cervántez
(Garden City, Kansas, 1952 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Yreina Cervántez’s "Danza Ocelotl", facilitated by master printer Stephen Grace, includes several "ocelotl"—jaguar, in the Nahuatl language—that in Mesoamerican culture was seen as a symbol of power. The jaguars surround a self-portrait of Cervántez holding a circular mask in front of her face. Within the disc, an orange feline creates the shape of a nose beneath a third-eye. This combination of symbols, vibrant color, and glitter together express Chicana pride and power.