Richard Arenas

EL MAYA MURIO

I am influenced by the worlds’ indigenous people throughout the world and their desperation from the lack of respect.

The methods of control never change. They are unjust and perpetually dispatched by governments, corporations, independent organizations, and religious orders. No matter what doctrine they practice or what philosophy they preach, these entities are still displaying their darkest side.

I want this sculpture to honor the Maya that have moved on with their journey to the upper world and also those who remain in uncertainty.

I treated the surface with duality of textures. By first removing the outer skin of the metal and then exposing the coldness of the steel. This reminds me of the men and women who make cold and insensitive decisions that affect the indigenous people of the world. I have left the metal in a natural patina state representing the indigenous relationship with nature and the death position in the horizontal.

El Maya Murio, o resucito?

LIBERTAD

Indigenous people of the world have been exposed to some of the most uncivilized acts ever committed. At this moment I struggle with my feelings, knowing that someone or many people are being imprisoned, executed, and exploited, displaced, and many times forgotten.

Chiapas is a land of rivers, mountains, jungles and wildlife. Liberally flowing, climbing, growing, and traveling as nature intended. This is what Maya want, Libertad.

In my sculpture I try to capture the flowing S shapes that represent the Usumecinta River that flows through the jungle creating shapes without resistance. The metal wings symbolize the Macaw. The Macaw has the freedom of choice, the freedom to fly, eat, and nest where he chooses.

Libertad to the Maya to control their own destiny and continue their ancestral ways. Libertad is a difficult and complex philosophy to achieve.