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“My purpose in making this skull is to represent the different types of native maize that since remote times have brought food security to our ancestors, giving them the time to develop the knowledge and arts to the extent they did,” says Mexican ceramist Omar Hernández. Oaxaca’s maize genetic heritage and diversity is now in danger because of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) killing the diversity that once existed. Only a few of the descendants of farmers who started domesticating corn 8,000 years ago in Oaxaca still grow the native corn varieties. This piece is, therefore, an invitation to preserve. -Materials and technique- The cobs are authentic reproductions of non-transgenic maize, most similar to those cultivated in Mesoamerican cultures. By selecting fine white and Oaxacan Donaji clay, Omar creates this empowering piece. Artist Omar Hernández uses natural pigments from soil minerals & oxides (copper & manganese) to decorate each piece. He finds these in the different types of soil near his house in the Central Valley of Oaxaca and in the Mixtec Region on his routine walks. He says, “Sometimes I stop in the highway to collect a bit of soil when I see a beautiful color. We just find each other on the way!” Omar has been preserving Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties for a long time. Origin Made in Oaxaca, México Limited edition of 30 skulls Piece signed 1/30 *Due to the handcrafted nature of our products, slight variations enhance authenticity.
H 22 cm x W 18 cm x D 25 cm
H 8.7 in x W 7.1 in x D 9.8 in
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