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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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