Thursday, December 3, 2009
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - Tonantzin
I have been over to Rebecca's site and made a few comments about her work (worth a peek). Her most current image, that of a tattooed arm with an image of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe prompted a comment from me about this image being widely seen in California, how my Auntie Anne, a devout Catholic, was delighted that I was born on the feast day of La Senora - which jogged my memory about Tonantzin, "our dear Mother," Aztec Goddess and that reminded me of this fabulous mosaic mural in San Francisco.
This mosaic is stunning. It was created by Colette Crutcher, who I read is part of Coro Hispano de San Francisco, a choral group specializing in antique music and instruments from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. I had the privilege of seeing a couple of their concerts when I lived in the Bay Area - very wonderful.
So this post is really a nostalgic trip down memory lane, making me more than a little homesick for a place I lived for 30 years. I think I'll have to cook up some Mexican comfort food, another thing I miss terribly. There simply is no restaurant in NJ where I have found authentic Mexican food. At least one can find corn tortillas now - when I was back here in 1976, corn tortillas could only be found in a CAN - in NYC! What a shock that was for me!
The images of Tonantzin are from here and here. Colette's website with this image can be found here and Coro Hispano's website can be found here. If you have any interest at all in Mexican art and culture, these sites are worth exploring.