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Self-Portrait Bust: Honduras
Azalia Molina, Ceramics I
Handbuilt sculpture
Self-Portrait Bust: Honduras
Azalia Molina, Ceramics I
Handbuilt sculpture
earthenware, glaze

The self-portrait bust represents where I come from and who I am. I wanted to show Honduras by adding a landscape, imagery from the national emblem, and myself as a Mayan statue. Honduras is a country with cultural, historical, and natural richness. Therefore, at the bottom of the bust the landscape created was a coral reef. Honduras has the second biggest coral reef in the world, and is located in Bay Islands, which is also considered one of the prettiest beaches to visit. Moreover, at the sides, there are two guard houses. The guard houses are part of the San Fernando fortress, now, a historical national center. The Spanish built this fortress with the idea to defend themselves from the pirates who used to attack the entire region because they knew that many treasures were stored and shipped from Central America to Spain. At the top of the bust, I represented myself as a Mayan statue, but with a skin tone likely to mine. Mayan civilizations are part of Honduras’ heritage and culture. Also, the head is carrying a crown made of two cornucopias. Based on the national emblem, the cornucopias with the flowers, roses, and vines falling represent the natural richness that abounds in Honduras. This project has been meaningful to me and it makes me remember that I come from a beautiful country with many extravagant things, as well as knowing who I am. And, I figured out that I am beauty, richness, and culture… I am Honduran.