XOXO: Daddy's Little Trophies
Mixed Media Assemblage
19.75 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches
This piece was inspired by a man who deluded himself into believing that he was a good father, yet he physically and sexually abused his children. The hugs and kisses (XOXO) symbol on the knuckles, speaks to the incredibly twisted relationship between him and his children. As children, they accused him of abuse, but later recanted their accusations, as victims of abuse often do. Later, as psychologically damaged adults, they lauded him as a saint.
Still Wish You Were Here
Oil on Canvas
30 x 48 inches
This painting is based on a collage I created several years ago. During one of my visits to Mexico City, I came across an image that I found compelling and used it as a catalyst for the collage. The image is that of “El Santo Niño de las Suertes”. According to the legend, dating back to the early 19th century, two missionaries were on their way to Tlalpan. As they approached their destination, they heard a child’s cries. Intrigued and surprised because the area was not inhabited, they searched the place where they heard the cries and found a boy who was barely four months old. Upon picking him up, the child became a sculpture, and simultaneously a spring began to flow from the ground. This spring is called "Ojo del Niño" and can be found in present day Tlapan.
Coincidentally, I appropriately chose water as part of the collage although I was unfamiliar with the legend until I completed the painting. In fact, I used the image of the cranes on water to convey serenity—the fish, whimsy, and the color I added to the skull—I did all in memory of a friend.