Meshika by Mark Clark
Clark’s work was displayed at the Zócalo Metro Station in Mexico City. Meshika is a collection of Aztec deities inspired from different Aztec codex’s.
“Ten thousand people a day got to pass my art work, and so many of them stopped to take photographs. It was just a thrill,” Clark said about having his artwork in Mexico City. “Now, the people of Corpus Christi and South Texas can enjoy it.”
There are various estimates on exactly how many Aztec Deities there are in existence, ranging from 1,600 to more than two thousand, he said. There are 80 different deities in Meshika, 20 of them being day glyphs.
“When I started this I thought I would paint all 100 Aztec gods and then I could move on to the Mayan ones, but I didn’t realize that there were over two thousand Meshika deities. It’s going to take a lot longer than I thought,” said Clark, who was born in Hawaii but whose family once lived in Corpus Christi.
Clark, who currently resides in Brownsville, had his first commercial show in 1978 in Washington D.C. He has worked 22 years with the Smithsonian and 12 years with the National Museum of the American Indians. Inspired by many different events in his life, Clark hopes to share the richness of a culture that has been neglected and forgotten in modern art.
“Now that we are approaching the 500-year anniversary of the meeting of Montezuma and Cortez, the time is right for rediscovery of indigenous culture. I think that we could enhance the arts the way that Mexican cooking has made food so much more edible,” Clark said.