Sometimes one image sends you into a creative stream and you're off. Sometimes you're in an emotional place and one image echoes the feeling.
I was feeling rather tender-hearted and decided to 'work it through' in a collage. I began with a simple Google search on 'heart'. When the powerful images of the arrow-through-the-heart Mexican Loteria cards showed up, I knew I found the right symbolism.
I've always loved the Loteria images and collected several sets while in Mexico and many more images on-line.. Loteria is a bingo-type game using images, but I've noticed some people are using the images for a Tarot-type reading and creating interpretations, such as in this blog, The Quest. There is, of course, an overview of the game Loteria, at Wikipedia. I also liked this piece from MOLAA, the Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach, CA.
I was drawn to El Corazon, the heart, because it was powerful. Interestingly, today while writing this blog, I learned that one version of El Corazon, means that although you are missing the beloved, they will return. So the image of pain is embedded with hope for renewal.
I found another powerful image in my google-quest, a wonderful Loteria tattoo. It features one of my favorite cards, El Sirena, a mermaid. So she inspired the next card in the stream.
Then I was scanning through my own collection of Mexican images and looked into my Frida Kahlo file. And so the stream ebbed with this Frida with Frida collage.
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