Mimus is a hybrid sculpture inspired by two different species of reptiles: the Chamaeleo calyptratus and the Iguana iguana.
The Chamaeleo calyptratus is a chameleon, endemic to the south of the Arabian Peninsula. The Iguana iguana originates from the American continent and is found from Mexico to Brazil.
I’m particularly fond of sculpting chameleons as these relatively small reptiles have been considered as a symbol of imitation, change and agility, reminding us of the fact that we should face great challenges as the chameleons to; in a nimbly manner, adapting ourselves.
Mimus body is covered with thousands of multicolored glass beads, referring to the artistic techniques used by the Wixárika community for creating art work and objects that have a central purpose in their rituals.
The objective, when creating this piece, was an allegory to the diversity of morphologies that the animal kingdom offers and the interpretations that man has been granted. It is a gift to be able to enjoy the colors and fragile shapes that exist on our planet – and to do so in art, with respect. No life form should die for the desire of humans to enjoy its beauty.
Davit Nava, Mimus, 2015, iron structure, post-use plastic bags, used clothing with white glue, acrylic on clay, crystal beads, 19.7 x 7.9 x 15.7 in / 50 x 20 x 40 cm. Mimus belongs to a private collector.
Mimus was awarded first place in the category Scuplture at the Primer Foro Artístico Amateur in Cuernavaca, Agosto 2015 and was also represented at the Galería San Diego, Cuernavaca, Morelos, September 2015.