Inside this art work is a piece of original parchment from 1775 from England.
|the only words I can make out on this are, "in the"|
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the feather. I was thinking a Native American theme. And then I came across this article in the May 2010 National Geographic about Mexico's Shocking New Saints. This guardian of the most defenseless and worst of sinners, La Santa Muerte, Holy Death.
|front of tin with door, stones, feather and crystal, wood, prayer coin. Under the door are the words " There are those who have mourned your passing with many a tear."|
I grew up in New Jersey of Catholic, Italian descent but I have a connection to Mexico because at the age of 14 my parents relocated to the border of Mexico in far south Texas. I went to McAllen High School it was 80 percent Hispanic. Kids asked me what country I came from. I learned to speak Spanish even joining the Spanish Honor Society and made a lot of Mexican-American friends. I'll never forget my senior year of high school one of my friends heard my Anglo last name for the first time and declared, " What!!??, I thought you were one of us!!" That made me feel proud that I had blended in so well.
|inside of tin|
One of the reasons we moved there was because of a book, "Safe Places West" this was 1974, and the border of Mexico at that time, in that area- was virtually crime free.
|collage and red paint on back of tin|
|some of the cards and ephemera from ArtFest 2012|