• additional view of artwork by Mark Vallen
  • additional view of artwork by Mark Vallen

Tlaloque


United States

Printmaking
Size: 11 H x 8.5 W x 0.3 in

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Art Description

Printmaking: Monotype on Paper.

To mark the devastating drought of California (my home state), and to observe Día de los Muertos 2015, I created an extremely limited edition suite of six Monoprints. The prints recall the Tlaloque, underlings of Tlaloc, the ancient Aztec god of rain and celestial waters. You may consider my print a supplication for divine rain and an end to crippling drought; Tlaloque is a chromatic painted prayer put to paper in the Aztec tradition.

Essentially Tlaloque is a printed painting that depicts a watery realm. The artworks were created in oil paint directly applied onto a pane of glass, covered with a sheet of paper, and then burnished with a wooden spoon; each color was "pulled" separately. Working with a limited palette of cool colors (ultramarine, viridian, cerulean), I applied the paints using brushes, crumpled paper, cotton swabs and my fingers, to produce an ethereal female visage seemingly made from aquatic plants, water currents, and bubbles.

Keywords: portrait, printmaking, monoprint, drawing, oil

Subjects: World Culture

Styles: Figurative

Mediums: Monotype

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