Medium:Acrylic on Fig Bark Paper
Height: 23.5 in
Width: 15.5 in
Levels of images. At the top, landscape with mountains, pond, and dancers. In the center, crowd gathers around two birds fighting. On the bottom, a wedding celebration
Bark paintings such as this one have been produced by Mexican Indians for a long time. Bark paper, also known as papel amate, is made using mulberry and fig trees depending on the desired darkness of the paper. This bark painting was produced using fig trees. In order to create the texture, the bark is washed, boiled, and laid in lines on a wooden board. The fibers are then beaten with a stone until they fuse together.