Our ancestors defined our start in life by the choices they made. The ancestors also shaped the world we live in now. We are the ancestors of the future generations and our life choices will have a profound effect on those to come.
In Ancestors: Past and Present, the artists present works which honor the ancestors within their heritage or specific cherished family members who have passed to another realm.
Please enjoy these offerings of art and be inspired to make your own offerings in these days to honor your ancestors and your beloved deceased. Whether your traditions include Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) or All Saint's Day, remember your ancestors and keep being your best unique self so that the world will always be a place worthy of your descendants.
Artists: Hadi Aghaee, Ever Blanco, Joseph Castle, Sid Veloria, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo
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Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Tekolotl, acrylic and ink on wooden bowl, 10" height
This work represents the influence of our ancestors, symbolized by the owl, speaking to us from beyond. The figure holds a flowering heart: the goal of the earthly journey blossoming into physical reality. The images are modified from the ancient books of Anahuak, commonly known as the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer and Codex Borgia.
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Connected, acrylic and ink on canvas, 11x11"
This painting shows the connection between life in the present, past, and future as represented by the pregnant women, the skull, and the baby. The connection between their hearts references Frida Kahlo's work and represents the connection between all people, creatures, and beings in the universe.
Curated by Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo