3 LOST CONQUISTADORS MEET MAYA

"Only a few minutes remain before the museum closes, so I ask Eva to wait while I go back in.

The mask museum in Zacatecas in Mexico has around 10 000 masks in its collections. Though some

3000 are displayed magnificently, I rush by them all on my way back through the meandering halls.

The masks grimace, smile and laugh. They sneer at me. The zombies chatter with their empty

mandibles, snakes rattle, crocodiles gape ..."

Three Lost Conquistadors Meet Maya, patinated and painted bronze, aluminum, wood, neon, 206,7 x 220 x 40 cm, 2003 - 2006
Three Lost Conquistadors Meet Maya, patinated and painted bronze, aluminum, wood, neon, 206,7 x 220 x 40 cm, 2003 - 2006
"... And so I find the small clay figures again. Conquistadors modelled in one piece as the aborigines saw

them - rider and horse in one, a monstrous war machine.

As I rush to sketch them I'm not copying, I'm interpreting.

Once back with the wonderful Eva in the lovely museum garden, I'm surprised as I flip in my sketchbook.

Before me I see the sculpture group I will build up and cast in bronze during the year to come.

Three Lost Conquistadors Meet Maya."

Text to catalogue for the show at MAR'S Gallery of Contemporary Art, Moscow 2006

Maya, painted and patinated bronze, aluminum, neon
Maya, painted and patinated bronze, aluminum, neon
  Conquistador, painted and patinated bronze, aluminum
Conquistador, painted and patinated bronze, aluminum
Conquistador (detail), painted and patinated bronze
Conquistador (detail), painted and patinated bronze
Conquistador, painted and patinated bronze and aluminum
Conquistador, painted and patinated bronze and aluminum
Medallions (details of the conquistadors above), painted and patinated bronze, aluminum
Medallions (details of the conquistadors above), painted and patinated bronze, aluminum
Conquistador on horse, painted azobé (african hardwood)
Conquistador on horse, painted azobé (african hardwood)
  Conquistadors passing by Falluja (detail), oil, kasein tempera on canvas, 2005  120 x 100 cm
Conquistadors passing by Falluja (detail), oil, kasein tempera on canvas, 2005 120 x 100 cm
Conquistadors passing by Falluja, oil and kasein tempera on canvas  2005  120 x 100 cm
Conquistadors passing by Falluja, oil and kasein tempera on canvas 2005 120 x 100 cm
Maya (with blue lips), oil and kasein tempera on canvas, 2005 (approx)
Maya (with blue lips), oil and kasein tempera on canvas, 2005 (approx)
Conquistador, oil on canvas,  2005, 75 x 100 cm
Conquistador, oil on canvas, 2005, 75 x 100 cm
Land and Freedom  oil and kasein tempera on canvas  2005  100 x 75 cm  Collection: City of Borlänge
Land and Freedom oil and kasein tempera on canvas 2005 100 x 75 cm Collection: City of Borlänge