Artworks

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  • Looming Objects
  • Award: 2019 SHIFT: House of the Absurd Runway Show - Second Place
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Photo 2: Aaron Kuehn
  • Video 1: Aaron Kuehn
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  • XO Skeleton
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Issys Amaya
  • 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.
  • Photo 1: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Reyes Rodríguez – Tropico de Nopal
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  • Angel
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Emily Ramsey
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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  • The Cycle of Life and Death
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Aaron Kuehn, Kashmere Silva, Ashley Moon, Amanda Kelly
  • 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
  • Photo 1: Gil Ortiz - Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Gil Ortiz - Tropico de Nopal
  • Video 1: Tropico de Nopal