Thursday, May 5, 2011

Santa Fe New Mexican :: Our Lady of Controversy

Our Lady of Controversy
Edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba
 and Alma López
War of the Roses: 'Our Lady' 10 years on Casey Sanchez | The New MexicanThursday, May 05, 2011

Anybody living in Santa Fe in the spring of 2001 could scarcely forget her. She was called Our Lady, and she was clad in roses. Not enough of them, apparently.

She stood with arms akimbo, her face cocked defiantly, her back cloaked in an Aztec cloth, her chest and waist wreathed in a garland of roses that gloriously framed her toned midriff. A butterfly-winged, bare-breasted angel held her aloft.

She was artist Alma López's highly personal vision of the Virgen de Guadalupe, steeped in the urban spirituality of Mexican-immigrant Los Angeles, where La Virgencita may have been glimpsed outside of churches more often than inside — dangling as an air freshener from a rearview mirror, held aloft by civil rights activists at marches and protests, or adorning a mural on a street corner, where she terrified the daylights out of graffiti sprayers.  Read more »

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