Dora García


Drawing, 220 x 210 cm .
Materials: Graphite and pencil on paper laid down on canvas

Collection: Courtesy galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid.

The drawing refers to the Coyolxauhqui stone (ca. 1473 CE), a carved, circular relief showing the Aztec deity Coyolxauhqui in a state of mutilation. The stone was used for sacrificial rites that took the form of a ritual re-enactment of the myth of the killing of the goddess by her brother. Coyolxauhqui identifies with the moon and her killer with the Sun god. Scholars think of the dismembering of Coyolxauhqui as a metaphor for the phases of the moon, but García understands this association (dismembered body/moon phases) as a manifestation atavistic violence against women and as a reference to le corps morcelé, a concept developed by Jacques Lacan in the context of the mirror stage (mirror/moon).

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