This painting is inspired by the Mexican folk art tradition of devotional ex-voto retablos, offerings to a saint in gratitude for a miracle. Usually executed on tin and often found in churches, shrines, or private homes.
Translation of the ex-voto text:
On September 29, 1982 in Albuqurerque New Mexico Ana Perches, a doctoral student, having prepared herself for a home birth was informed by her Midwife that the baby was in Breech position and she was taken to the Hospital where she Miraculously had a Vaginal Delivery, without C section, nor Anesthesia nor complications whatsoever. In gratitude I dedicate this Retablo to the OBGYN Doctors, to my Midwife and to the Santo Niño de Atocha.
Ana Perches. American, born in Mexico in 1955. Aztec Two Step. Taboo. 2015. Acrylic and ink on canvas. 24 in. x 30 in.
Feathered image: Mar Rojo . 2015. Acrylic on paper and wood. 33 in. x 35 in.
Erin Mahollitz. American, born 1979. StoryTeller, 2015. Rhythm. Handmade book. Paper, cardboard, fabric. 7.5 in. x 11 in. x 1.5 in.
This handmade book is a collection of reflections on the Tarot. The incorporation of topographical shapes and gathered fabric on the cover is a visual connection between nature’s rhythms and the cadence of our spiritual lives. Continue reading “Erin Mahollitz”→