One of the more intriguing developments in contemporary religion is the rapid, almost explosive, rise of the Santa Muerte (literally – Saint Death) cult in Mexico which bizarrely incorporates elements of Christianity, particularly Catholicism, with certain aspects of the Aztec belief system. Given that it is hard to think about Mexico these days without considering “The Wall” and given that virtually every activity has its patron saint, it just seemed appropriate to create SANTA MUERTE: PATRON SAINT OF WALL BUILDERS. Hand built paper clay, underglazed and glazed. 9” x 7” x 7”.
I’ve been thinking for awhile about using hand made paper in my print making and collage work, and while I have made paper before, I hadn’t for several years. So I just finished taking a 3 hour workshop entitled “Plant Fibers for Paper Making” from Winnie Radolan at the Abington Art Center, which proved to be a very good introductory and/or review workshop. The pieces shown above, using Ginko leaves and milkweed are a couple of my workshop pieces. I’m going to continue working with using fibers such as day lilies, daffodils, hosta, corn husks, et al, and incorporating those papers in my print making and collage work.
Contours of Flight # 2 is part of a series of abstract hand inked and hand pulled collograph monoprints which draws on my stained glass and mosaic work to create images that appear to be in motion, engaged in some aspect of flight. Printed on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Matted and framed to 11″ x 14″.