Artworks

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  • Pequeño Vestido de Gallo
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Artform: clothing, costume, sculpture
  • Type: dress
  • Method: appliqué, embroidery, needlework, beadwork, sewing
  • Medium: found-objects, salvaged, trim, upholstery, woven
  • Year: 2019
  • Tags: calavera
  • Statement: The small calaveras signify migrant children who have died crossing the imaginary line.
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn
  • Photo 2: Aaron Kuehn
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  • Vestido de Calaveras
  • Award: Best Cultural Outfit, 2018 Día de Muertos, Portland Art Museum
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Artform: clothing, costume, sculpture
  • Type: dress
  • Method: appliqué, beadwork, embroidery, needlework, sewing
  • Medium: found-objects, salvaged, trim, upholstery, woven
  • Year: 2018
  • Tags: calavera
  • Statement: The calaveras signify women who died in El salvador during the civil war (1980–1992).
  • Photo 1: K.Kendall
  • Photo 2: Aaron Kuehn
  • Photo 3: Aaron Kuehn
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  • Spirit of White and Black
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Andrea Rodriguez
  • Artform: costume, clothing, performance, sound
  • Type: obi, mask
  • Method: appliqué, sewing, embroidery
  • Medium: fabric, buttons, foam, canvas, shells, paper, thread, trim
  • Year: 2009
  • Statement: Inspired by Japanese Noh theater – devoted to the inner lives of ghosts. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2009. Live sound performance by Aaron Kuehn.
  • Photo 1: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 3: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Video 1: Tropico de Nopal
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  • Faces
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Leora Wein
  • Artform: costume, clothing, performance
  • Medium: fabric
  • Year: 2004
  • Statement: Inspired by an explanation that on Dia de los Muertos, the spirits feel truly free. — Leora: To finish the slow part of the "dance", each calavera will be showered in marigold petals, encouraging her to unveil out of the cloak, and begin her celebration of her free spirit. (The percussive music begins...) Two calaveras will play the claves, and two will dance with mirrors and admire themselves. The calaveras will dance with each other, and out to the audience. They may shower the audience with left-over marigold petals. This brings the piece to a celebrational note, and raises the energy for the celebration of the other calaveras as they reemerge for their finale appearance.
  • Photo 1: Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 3: Tropico de Nopal