Los maestros mezcaleros trabajan arduo par conservar sus tradiciones y enorgullecer a sus antepasados.
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I painted this in 1972 after reading Malcolm Lowry’s “Under The Volcano” and looking at a Mixtec book. The figure is actually a hieroglyph in the Mixtec written language, but I imagined him rushing through Lowry’s hallucinogenic landscape. The story takes place in the mind of a British consul who is drinking himself to death on a kind of mezcal that produces visions. The painting hung in my parent’s dining room for over 40 years, until my dad died recently at 97. It’s a pretty large canvas (55” X 68”) for me, as I generally work very small. I was done with drugs by the 70’s, but who knows? Perhaps it was an acid flashback. — Michael Lipsey