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“When I was in art school, our principal medium was paper,” says artist Felipe Dávalos. “Since then, I always let part of the background paper show or keep its presence behind the image that lives on it.” Made of pulp modeled on a wood support, this head uses graphic elements that are made of paper. The eyeglasses, of polyester resin, are intended to sharpen the empty eyes. A tin can wrapped in paper sits on the head. The elaborate and active headdress is reminiscent of those seen in pre-Columbian art.

Part of a series called “Mexican Animals,” this watercolor illustration shows two ways to represent an animal image moving on paper. The background is a symbolic representation of an Aztec snake. The foreground snakes are dense in color, close to the way our eyes see them in nature. Davalos Mexican Animals
Davalos Paper Unites
All images © Felipe Dávalos

People to People Through a Global Communication: Paper Unites was the title for this 1991 calendar. Artists from all over the world exchanged ideas expressed on paper. Says Dávalos, “I made the flat surface seem 3-D with characters wearing fish headdresses—a pre-Columbian motif. All the calendar pages had cutouts, integrating the works of each artist.
    “Experience must be transformed into images if you want an exchange of ideas.”
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