PEYOTE FLOWER-MEXICO HUICHOL BEAD MASK ART BY HIGINIO HERNADEZ CARRILLO, Six-sided peyote blossoms pose on the forehead, cheeks and chin of a dazzling beadwork mask. Called jicuri, peyote forms the centerpiece of Huichol ritualism. Kawuyomaire, the deer, leaps in lithe circles on the forehead while doves encircle the cheeks in an extraordinary design.
"I hope that you enjoy my works as much as I enjoy making them. I hope that through them you will get a better understanding of the magic and meaning of the Huichol culture."
The artistry of the Cosio Carrillo family has been featured in periodicals ranging from Business Week to The New York Times.
"Hello! I'm Higinio Hernández Carillo, and I was born in the Jalisco mountains. I have followed my family tradition of making beaded artwork, but I like using bright colors in my designs. My works are different from the traditional beadwork from my homeland, and I use contrasting colors on spherical and oval-shaped figures.
"I make my masks over papier-mâché figures and my wife and I place the beads one-by-one on an adhesive coating of beeswax. The designs are completely improvised and are inspired by our reflections and feelings at the moment that we’re making the pieces.
5.5" x 9.1" x 3.2", beads on pinewood base