"The little deer sits on top of the shrine in a bed of reddish orange flowers
...a symbol of fragility and vulnerability.
As a Latina,
I love the celebrating of my ancestry-
eating my grandmother's favorite cookies- and imagining her visit on the wings of hummingbirds..
Inside the door of my shrine is an original painting of a woman painted as a skeleton with flowers
in her hair and that familiar uni brow that we all love
...inside the shrine is a small glass jar.
I captured a very special little artist and placed
her in the jar with another flower and some branches with pieces of glass.
I originally painted her as a little girl and imagined what she might be like.
Impetuous, impatient, spirited, beautiful.
All of the things I think of when I see my own daughter.
Butterflies are a recurrent theme in my art work.
Something about them speaks of hope, transformation,
but also again- the fragility and impermanence of beauty
Because although life is full of losses- it is also full of joy and celebration."
Capturing my Joy