Mictlantecuhtli was the Aztec lord of the underworld. To the Aztecs, life and death were inexorably linked, and skeletal imagery was often used to represent fertility, health, and abundance. Traditionally, Mictlantecuhtli’s mouth was shown wide open to swallow the stars from the sky at night. The Aztecs believed that the liver was the seat of a person’s passion, and the god was often shown with a over sized liver spilling from his exposed ribcage.
I made this piece to submit to a Day of the Dead themed show. Originally I was going for something more experimental in style, but it ended up being pretty close to what I usually do. There was also a companion piece of Mictlantecuhtli’s wife Mictecacihuatl, but I wasn’t happy with it and ended up accidentally destroying it in an attempt to rework it.
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