Making devotional art creates a dialogue from silent holy place deep inside of us to the spiritual worlds or deity. Creating a devotional icon opens the space to the divine ground of the World, as a question, prayer or commitment in the on-going conversation of the heart.
This Mary altar piece is made from found objects found at thrift stores in the Bay area. It seemed like every thrift-store, there were Mary and Christ figurines, and as I cannot leave a doll behind, I also found I could not leave these behind. So became a collection of divine deities.
I was studying western mystery traditions, alchemy and esoteric Christianity. In deep research I realized I wanted to work in Gold, Silver and precious gems. Well. I was living on student loans and driving down to Santa Barbara once a month for the teacher training program I was giving to my advanced students. So, without the funds, I went thrifting and purchased all kinds of gold (read metal) light fixtures, incense holders, jewelry boxes, clock frames, and other objects.
Mary Altar Found Objects
My studio was the garage basement under the house so I had a long 2 car garage and another room 16x25 with a door that could close. When you create from found objects, just like having enough paints, you need enough objects to make something. I also invested in small dremel drill with metal drill bits and lots of different glues.
This is made of a small silver metal jewelry box, embellished with seed pearls on gold metal, opalesent glass flowers, a small Mary praying figurine, with a favorite moon pin under her feet. The radiant aura (Guadalupe) is the lamp frame drilled into top of silver jewelry box, with copper wire wrap and shimmer leaves that glow. There is a gold cross behind her with a rhinestone pin of my best friends (who has died of AIDS) gave me.