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Delilah Montoya
Teyolia (Heart/Energy)
1993
collotype
17 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation



The central image of Teyolia is the Sacred Heart, a cultural icon for Chicanos that links past and present. For Montoya, it is a magical, mystical image that serves as the common ground between Spanish Christianity and the native Mesoamerican religion.



La imagen central de Teyolia es el Sagrado Corazón, símbolo cultural para los chicanos, que enlaza el pasado y el presente. Para Montoya, se trata de una imagen mística, punto de convergencia del cristianismo español y la religión mesoamericana indígena.