Artworks

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  • Looming Objects
  • Award: 2019 SHIFT: House of the Absurd Runway Show - Second Place
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: costume, sculpture, performance
  • Method: beadwork, appliqué, knitting, weaving, embroidery, sewing, needlework
  • Medium: beads, buttons, feathers, found-objects, knit, yarn, salvaged, shells, trim, upholstery, woven
  • Year: 2019
  • Dimensions: 75 × 85 inches
  • Statement: Before you are Looming Objects. Illogically woven and randomly found. Forming a simulacrum of life and death as a random accumulation. Eight vivid hand-loomed nine-inch weavings form the bright side, eight opposing colorless weavings the darkside. Looming Objects includes a dozen Sueñitos (little dreams) — small calaveras representing the migrant children who died this year crossing the US border. This costume comes into three parts; the body, neck and the head. Available for museams, Galleries and events. You can email me if you have any other questions.
  • Availability: available
  • Price: US$1500
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn
  • Photo 2: Aaron Kuehn
  • Video 1: Aaron Kuehn
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  • XO Skeleton
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: costume, performance, sculpture
  • Medium: beads, feathers, fabric, buttons, canvas, felt, lace, knit, salvaged, trim
  • Year: 2010
  • Statement: To the spirit of Eun Kang, my friend who was murdered in Los Angeles in 2009. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2010.
  • Availability: sold
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Issys Amaya
  • Photo 1: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
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  • Angel
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: costume, performance
  • Method: sewing
  • Medium: gauze
  • Year: 2008
  • Statement:  "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" ( Edgar Allan Poe, 1844, The Premature Burial). To all the poets and writers who affect our life and death. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2008.
  • Availability: sold
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Emily Ramsey
  • Photo 1: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Robert Gauthier - LATimes
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  • Spirit of White and Black
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • 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.
  • Availability: sold
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Andrea Rodriguez
  • 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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  • The Cycle of Life and Death
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: costume, performance, sound
  • Method: sewing
  • Medium: fabric
  • Year: 2006
  • Statement: For those who ride the cycle of life and death, day and night. The calaveras represent people who died riding bicycles. The calaveras wear warm winter caps and lobster gloves, and have 'chain-link' breast plates to protect them riding after death. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2006. Sound by: Aaron Kuehn
  • Availability: sold
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Kashmere Silva, Ashley Moon, Amanda Kelly
  • Photo 1: Gil Ortiz - Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Gil Ortiz - Tropico de Nopal
  • Video 1: Tropico de Nopal