Artworks

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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
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  • Faces
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: costume, clothing, performance
  • Method: appliqué, sewing
  • Medium: fabric, found-objects, lace, salvaged, thread, trim
  • 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.
  • Availability: sold
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Contributor: Leora Wein
  • Photo 1: Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 2: Tropico de Nopal
  • Photo 3: Tropico de Nopal
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  • Mamá y Bebé
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artform: flat
  • Method: appliqué, beadwork, embroidery, sewing
  • Medium: trim, beads, shells, salvaged, found-objects, upholstery, woven
  • Year: 2019
  • Tags: calavera, dia de los muertos, Mami y Bebe, textile artwork
  • Dimensions: 20 × 16 inches
  • Statement: A migrant calavera. There are rose petals and shells hidden in the piece that remind me of my own mother.
  • Availability: available
  • Price: US$350
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn