Central to this painting is a representation of the Agave americana, also called the century plant. After growing to maturity, the agave exerts all its energy into creating a large reproductive flower stalk (quiote) that grows from the heart of the plant. This specialized structure allows the plant to grow to its maximum height, producing flowers to be pollinated, and the result is new life, often with hundreds of clones of the original plant.
In early 15th century Mexico, the mythical deity, Mayahuel (ma’jawel), was worshiped by the Aztec people, for she ruled over both the agave plant and fertility. Mayahuel gave birth to the Centzon Totochtin (400 Rabbits). In Aztec times, the number used for “infinite” was 400 and as such, these rabbits represented the infinite ways in which people could intoxicate themselves. They traveled throughout the lands visiting lively parties and gatherings while feasting and spreading the gospel of intoxication.
While contemplating the biological aspect of this fascinating plant combined with these ancient beliefs, I was compelled to create this painting which represents the importance of living each day to the fullest, finding what you love, and putting 110% effort into whatever that may be.