I drew the cover illustration! and made three digital collages that can be found inside the book…

http://www.stroemfeld.com/de/buecher_K_717_1/Körper des Kinos tweet

Was könnte mehr Spass machen als mit ein Haufen Kunstler-Kinder einen Trickfilm zu machen?

What could be more fun than making an animated short with a pile of artsy kids? Thanks to Elena Neustadt, director of the kids’ art studio Kopffuessler for facilitating this great collaborative endeavor!




Mary in the Garden

Mary in the Garden

Almost forgot about Loving Lupita! I’m so glad to be back with all of you!

This is a “visitation” of sorts…

My students did fantastic work this year…here are the best of their finals: Animated Holiday Cards! This is the link to a playlist, so the 7 holiday messages will follow each other without any prompting on your part. All but one have sound – enjoy!:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

Revelation 12:1

Blue Maria

On this final day of Loving Lupita, A Virgin a Day, I’m posting one of my favorite images of Maria, a reference to the Black Madonna.

Again, thanks to Rebecca Brooks for creating her beautiful gallery/altar/meeting place and to the many Maria Verehrerinnen (devotees) I’ve met while participating during these last few days.

So glad I found you all!

Day 11 of Loving Lupita!

Mary with Berries

In this version of the Maria retablo, Mary has short hair and what kind of berries? (I don’t know their name, but photographed them in Ohio and loved their bright red roundness, still present even close to winter!)

A question to viewers: Does anyone know of any online virtual altars or holy spaces? The only places I know of are ones like these

Day 10 of Loving Lupita!

Tropical Maria: Verstell' Dich Nicht blue

This is a digitally collaged version of a retablo of the Virgin Mary, which I made to offer aid, comfort, solace and a smile to women who have suffered, directly or indirectly, from breast cancer. The words under Mary’s feet, Verstell’ Dich nicht mean, in German, “Don’t be someone you are not”. The lush background is meant to remind the viewer of the beauty of life and the world in which we live. Mary herself visually displays the traits of a woman with cancer: The hair loss from chemo, a huge blossom covering her breastlessness? She is meant to serve as both a mirror and deity.

The original altar screen that serves as the source material for my work can be seen here along with many other beautiful retablos.

Retablos were often physically transported to those in need. I question whether digital retablos – if they can be referred to as such – can also be viewed as “portable” objects for worship and support. Pls let me know what you think in the comments!

Thank you to all who welcomed me/my work so warmly yesterday. I had little time to respond but am very grateful for your responses and the purported (by wordpress) 75 views per hour (!!).


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