Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 18"
Private Collection of Ivan Gartner
The painting "Mamita"
was a work in progress. In the fall of 2004, I decided to rework the image
as a tribute to my mother-in-law who had passed from cancer in the summer
of 2001. Working with the same concept from Santa
Madre, I decided to create the image of a sacred woman, as an angel,
but with everyday clothing. This is to encourage that we acknowledge the
sacred within ourselves. In this case, Tina (short for Cristina), my mother-in-law
is painted as she appeared in a photo from the 1970s. The background features
a collage of family photos and her image bears a halo in each. As I painted
the halos on each image, I found myself having to include them on the
images of other family members that have passed over the years, including
her first born son. An image of him with his mom appears on her chest,
reminiscent of the sacred heart image, since the loss of a child results
in the most profound heartbreak. These photos are all glazed under the
colors of the flag of Colombia, her birthplace. The photos capture the
happiest moments of family memories and the important role these snapshots
play in immortalizing those moments.