Ana González Barragán

Totems, 2020

Obsidiana Negra
20 x 20 x 28
Produced by Silvio González

Due to its physical qualities, obsidian was perhaps the most important raw material for ancient Mesoamericans. To this day, obsidian mirrors represent an important income in Teotihuacán and La Sierra de las Navas, being one of the best-selling products. The simplicity of their round shape and the material's brightness makes it one of the most representative insignia of pre-Hispanic spirituality, materiality, and worldview. Poetically, obsidian mirrors have a suitable metaphor for images; they reflect the observer and the object at the same time.

Mirrors is an exercise that examines the methodology in which these objects are produced:  medium-sized stones are extracted and then subjected to a punching process that results in cylindrical pieces, which are lapped later to obtain around fifteen mirrors. For this work, Ana works with the remains and the excess of the extraction process so as to reflect on the automatization of the procedure.  In the form of a sculptural installation, Mirrors is a series of hollow obsidian cylinders disposed of in the space modularly, allowing different combinations to create architectural space.  The methodology of the installation seeks to alter a serial production process to examine the possibility and scope of reconfiguration of the form, but not the matter.