Ohio Goza y Mas

Media - 2021.84 - SAAM-2021.84_1 - 143180
Copied Einar De La Torre, Jamex De La Torre, Ohio Goza y Mas, 2013, blown glass, resin castings, and mixed media, 67 × 67 × 9 in. (170.2 × 170.2 × 22.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Todd Wingate and Steven Cason, courtesy of the artists and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 2021.84

Artwork Details

Ohio Goza y Mas
67 × 67 × 9 in. (170.2 × 170.2 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Todd Wingate and Steven Cason, courtesy of the artists and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
Mediums Description
blown glass, resin castings, and mixed media
  • Figure group
  • Figure — fragment — hand
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Artwork Description

Einar and Jamex de la Torre are brothers and glass artists. They made this wall sculpture after an Aztec calendar, a visual dating system adapted by many ancient Mesoamerican nations. The Spanish title translates to “Ohio Enjoy and More,” and, when pronounced, sounds like “Good Morning” in Japanese. It represents their humor, where the piece was made (Ohio), and their multifaceted view of people and time.


The brothers gather countless motifs into a celebration of blended cultures: Kewpie dolls, with surprising objects in their bellies, invented in the early twentieth century by American Rose O’Neill and popularized in Japan; Mano poderosa (the all-powerful hand) from Mexican Catholic devotional imagery; sonrientes (grinning figures) from Mesoamerican ceramics; and golden tumis, ceremonial knives with semicircular blades, from the ancient Andean Moche culture. Casts of butterflies and insects symbolize transformation and migration. 

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This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.