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Black clay from oaxaca and parota wood

Edition of 3

Dimensions: 25cm (H) x 19cm (W) x 19cm (D) / 9.8" (H) x 7.5" (W) x 7.5" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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The concept of this series is related to the story of La noche triste (the sad night), the night when Hernán Cortés's army lost control of the region at an important battle at Tenochtitlan from the Mexicas.
Confused and impotent Hernán sat under an old large tree and cried, thinking of his dead friends and soldiers, of his uncertain future and his frustration in his quest for riches.
In the same way Cortés's fears are transformed into the monsters in the shape of vessels containing offerings, foods from the Mexicas, hearts of sacrificed Mexicas, Christian crosses and other religious objects. The monsters surround him, these monsters appear from the wet and black clay and have grown legs, just in the same shape as the roots of the tree where he sits, the legs help the vessels to move with agility around him and jump and disturb all night with these objects and ideas.

As a complementary support for this idea for this piece is the artwork from the French artist Honore Daumier
“The Misanthropist” that can express this idea with more definition, in Daumier's etching we can see a man surrounded by tiny reproductions of himself playing in different moods around him, while the man is thoughtful and contemplative.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1989

Hometown: Guadalajara

Based in: London

Death Has Permission * is a brand / studio of Omar Ortiz Franco founded in 2018.
Originally from Guadalajara, an architect by profession, he lives between London and Guadalajara, these contexts create questions in him about identity, the Mexican and the global, his relationship and his individuality.
The brand is his expression tool to explore his own identity and share his cultural heritage outside of Mexico.
Omar has participated with Death Has Permission * at the London Design Fair 2019 and during the Vienna Design Week 2018.
Death Has Permission * products are distributed in stores in Europe, Asia, the United States and Australasia.
He has collaborated with hotels and restaurants inside and outside of Mexico developing custom pieces.


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