On my journey to understand more about my history I unearthed a deep array of beautiful and impacting paintings, sculpture, murals and architecture from Meso American civilizations like the Mexica/Aztec, Maya and many others that inhabited North and Central America long before the establishment of the Americas. It was through these images that I began to see the world of my native ancestors. The depictions of their history, religion, and daily life were beautifully painted in the surviving codices and other art forms that where used to teach the people their traditions and cultural identity. Vast amounts of books with brilliant depictions of daily life, religious rituals and historical scenes from these prolific cultures were burned and destroyed. Much of the oral tradition suppressed by the massive loss of life and subsequent forced conversion of indigenous people to Christianity during the colonization of the “New World” in the 15th Century.
My goal with this series is to keep my ancestors tradition alive by sharing our culture though art, in doing so honoring the artisans that came before me by finding the remaining codices and sharing the information that I find with the new generations. By appropriating the meso american style and re-contextualizing it in different contemporary mediums such as 3D Design, CNC, Steel Architecture along with traditional mediums I would like to show that not only where these artworks relative in the 14th Century but that they are relative now.