Los cuaties ponen sus nidos encima de los cocoteros

Artist name

Artist year born

1943

Artwork make date

1996

Artwork title translation

The Coatis make their Nests on the Coconut Palms

Artwork material

pencil
paper

Artwork dimensions

height: 23cm
width: 32cm

Artwork type (categories)

Drawing

Accession method

Donated by Ogwa 1997

Accession number

1-1997

Label text

The self-taught artist Ogwa, an indigenous Ishir from Alto Paraguay, is better known for his illustrations of traditional rituals and shamanic visions but he also has a sharp eye for the natural world. The coati is a member of the racoon family and, as Ogwa illustrates, the females make nests of leaves and branches in the tops of coconut trees where they bear and raise their young until about the age of five months. Ogwa captures the characteristic busy-ness of the coati: they are always darting back and forth, 'as if they have lost something' as the Argentinian writer Horacio Quiroga put it, with their tails curving up over their backs. The repetition emphasises the comic incongruity of the idea of mammals nesting in treetops. Ogwa uses a very dry brush to create the texture of the leaves and bark of the coconut trees and outlines the coatis in black ballpoint pen.

Last updated date

01/12/2008