Dolores Mercado (b. Jalisco, Mexico) studied art at the School of Visual Arts of the University of Guadalajara, the National Institute of Fine Arts “La Esmeralda”, and at La Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City. From 1999 to 2006 she was the host of two live talk art radio programs “Camino Tierra Adentro” and “Alquimia” at WRTE 90.5 FM. For the past twelve years she has worked for the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago as Sr. Arts Education Coordinator, Associate Director of Education and currently as the Associate Curator. She has exhibited in Mexico, Spain, the United States, Nicaragua and Canada.
Dolores Mercado (Chicago, USA): Xolos en camino al Mictlan, 2008
The xoloitzcuintle was considered a sacred dog by ancient native cultures in Mexico. They were the ones guiding the souls through the dangers of Mictlan, the ninth and lowest level of the underworld. The dog’s mission was to accompany the dead in their journey to eternity. Their name comes from xolotl the Aztec god of death. According to mythology xolotl made the xoloitzcuintle from a sliver of the bone of life from which all man ware made. Xolos have existed for more than 3,500 years.
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