Entitled ‘Chalchihuites‘, Said Dokins’ new mural is located in Guadalajara, Mexico and was created on the occasion of Letrastica Festival 2017, a festival specialized in type design, calligraphy and lettering.
This mural is a tribute to the Aztec culture. It refers to ancient wisdom, indigenous cosmogony and ancient thinking. It directly pays a tribute to the rain god named Tlaloc, represented by those two great circles made using calligraphy and the geometric elements that accompany them.
For Said Dokins, there is a very strong relationship in the representation of the circle in multiple ancient cultures. He began performing these circular representations when he was a child studying Aikido, and discovered in a book about Zen Buddhism called the practice of Ensō (円相) which is a hand-drawn circle made in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes with a Japanese brush, one of the most typical subjects of Japanese calligraphy. Coincidentally, the circle symbolizes the universe, the void, zero, flow and constant energy in both pre-Hispanic and Japanese culture.
Said Dokins lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), a background you can easily feel in all his creations. He is a master in what we can call calligraffiti, that is to say a practice combining inscriptions and graffiti. His creations are generally inspired by medieval and Japanese calligraphy. He has put on curatorial projects related to urban arts and a number of political issues happening in his country. His work as an artist has been shown nationally and internationally in countries like Spain, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and others.
About Letrastica 2017
Letrastica is a four-day festival celebrating type design, calligraphy and lettering. It is composed of lectures, exhibitions and live performances by 7 artists from Mexico 1 calligrapher from California.