Dando Gracias [Giving Thanks]
86.8 x 56.4 cm (34 3/16 x 22 3/16 in.)
(Los Angeles, California, 1952 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Léo Limőn often explores Mesoamerican and Indigenous imagery in his work. In "Dando gracias", he quotes a well-known Maya carved relief from Yaxchilan, in Chiapas, Mexico. In the relief, Lady Xook is in the hallucinatory stage of a bloodletting ritual, in which she conjures a vision serpent that is in turn bringing forth an ancestor. Limőn transformed the image by grounding it in the landscape of the Southwest. Lady Xook raises baskets of fruits and a flowery prickly pear or nopal cactus to the moon in a gesture of thanksgiving.