Artworks

orquidia-violeta spirit-of-white-and-black orquidia-violeta spirit-of-white-and-black back orquidia-violeta spirit-of-white-and-black back-closeup
  • 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
orquidia-violeta the-cycle-of-life-and-death orquidia-violeta the-cycle-of-life-and-death with-orquidia-and-aaron
  • 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
orquidia-violeta-faces orquidia-violeta faces leora orquidia-violeta faces midori
  • 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
orquidia-violeta mama-y-bebe
  • Mamá y Bebé
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Artform: flat
  • Method: appliqué, beadwork, embroidery, sewing
  • Medium: trim, beads, shells, salvaged, found-objects, upholstery, woven
  • Tags: calavera
  • Statement: A migrant calavera. There are rose petals and shells hidden in the piece that remind me of my own mother.
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn
orquidia-violeta hija
  • Hija
  • Series: Día de Muertos
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Artform: flat
  • Method: appliqué, embroidery, beadwork, sewing
  • Medium: found-objects, woven, salvaged, trim
  • Year: 2019
  • Tags: calavera
  • Statement: A migrant calavera. This piece represents me.
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn