Truly special! This is fourth generation Aguilar Family work! The artist is Fran Garcia Vasquez. the transgender daughter of Demetrio Garcia Aguilar. Demetrio is the son of Josefina Aguilar. It is really exciting to see how these traditions are passed down within the family, and we love being a part of it even in just a small way. Fran has won awards for her work, including being an award recipient from the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art juried award show, which recognizes and promotes the work of artists under the age of thirty. Fran has been invited to present her work internationally recently, both in Milan, Italy and in New York City. We love the level of careful detail in Fran's work. Beautifully crafted and magnificently painted, Fran's work is currently crafting some of the best work coming out from the Aguilar Family.
Fran has titled this gorgeous larger sized artwork piece as "Yo Soy Oaxaca" or I Am Oaxaca. It represents some of the gorgeous symbols of proud traditions that can be found throughout Oaxaca. The principle figure is a topless woman, that pays respect to the proud traditional women weavers in Pinotepa de Don Luis. Traditionally dressed topless, these women weave beautiful purple horizontal striped wrap skirts, that are used for the traditional dress in the region. You can see this skirt on the back of the figure, as it is the skirt that the woman is wearing. At the base of the figure there is a males dancer, which represent the traditional dance called "Danza de la Pluma" or Dance of the Feathers. This is my favorite of the traditional dances in Oaxaca. It is traditionally danced by men wearing large feathered headdresses, while leaping high in the air as part of the spectacular dance. Amazing to watch! You can see this dance performed at the Guelaguetza, where dancers from the many regions of Oaxaca come together to show their important dance traditions that are significant to the culture. A must see! The woman is also surrounded at her base by the maguey cactus, which is the basis for crafted the famous Mezcal liquor in Oaxaca. Mezcal can be found at all the traditional celebrations in the villages of Oaxaca, and is known as a cure all remedy. There is a phrase that can be heard tthroughout Oaxaca “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, tambien.” which roughly translates to For everything good there is mezcal, and for everything bad as well! It is the go to medicine to cure the common cold. Now mezcal has become quite fashionable on the international market, yet it has very humble and deep roots throughout Oaxaca. Also seen throughout this work of art is pottery in several different representations, including the famed Black Pottery of the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec. But the pottery in Oaxaca originated traditionally as utilitarian in nature, often used as a cooking vessel. To this day you can see huge clay cazuela bowls as the cooking "pot" used in kitchens throughout Oaxaca. This piece is Mexican Folk Art at it's finest! Fran has done a great job sculpting this figure with the utmost detail. So cool, yet true to the traditions of Oaxaca! It is signed by the artist.
Approximate measurements: 8 1/8" high x 4" wide x 3 1/2" deep