Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Munzon.
Elizabeth, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I never knew that becoming a professional artist was an attainable profession during grade school and during most of my undergrad. Making art was something I always did and wanted to become better at, so I took art classes for fun until I made painting and drawing my major at the very last second.
I struggled to find, “my thing”, something that inspired my work, but I finally had my moment of inspiration when traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico one holiday season. I met an indigenous woman who was selling her paintings on tree bark paper. They told the customs, traditions, and myths of her people. Stories that were unfamiliar to me, but coming from Mexican parents, I felt that I should be more familiar with. This trip to Mexico fueled an interest in my cultures myths and mythologies and inspired me to start a new body of work. I paint about Aztec mythology as I learn about it and as a means to educate myself.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My oil on canvas paintings depict rabbits and other animals that relate to the Aztec mythology of Centzon Totochtin (400 rabbits). When I discovered the myth of Centzon Totochtin, I was immediately gravitated to its story and complexity. These rabbits were believed to be gods or spirits that had the power of intoxication. Once a person consumed the alcoholic beverage of pulque, the rabbits would then grant the drinkers the pleasure of intoxication by taking possession of their bodies. Each one of the 400 rabbits represents a different level of intoxication and have their own backstories and characteristics.
For my paintings, I am inspired by details of this particular mythology I then create imaginative spaces and narratives. I plug in the rabbits as supporting characters to a particular created narrative that relates back to the original mythology. These created spaces are either reimagined indoor contemporary spaces or fairytale-like landscapes. My aim is to create a surreal moment that hints of a world that is there, but we can no longer see.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Becoming financially stable from our art practices alone. Many artists have 2nd or 3rd jobs to be financially stable which takes time away from our practice. This then also creates the challenge of time managing our other jobs, art practice and personal life’s.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
They can contact me through my website elizabethmunzon.com or through Facebook and Instagram @emunzon for a studio visit or for Exhibition updates.
- Website: elizbethmunzon.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @emunzon
- Facebook: @emunzon
All – Elizabeth Munzon