Guillermo Meza ( Mexican, 1917 - 1997 )
The title of this drawing comes from Hesiod’s Theogony, a poem detailing the origins, genealogies, and descendants of the Greek gods, composed around 700 BCE. Compositionally, the work is reminiscent of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, the central panel of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the scene in which God’s touch animates the lifeless Adam. In both literary and art historical associations, this drawing evokes creation and beginnings; however, unlike Michelangelo's Old Testament spark exchanged from deity to man, here Guillermo Meza decisively severs the connection between god and human—the ominous mass floating above and the crouched figure buried in the earth.
A student of engraving and drawing, Meza was deeply connected to the fantasies, myths, and religious facets of indigenous Mexican cultures. Much like his contemporaries, Meza’s style was rooted in European art movements, having first worked in an Expressionist manner and eventually becoming consumed by Surrealism.
Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.