Santeria

7739–7799 E 1st Pl Denver, CO
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New assemblage piece for you. Santeria. She is very lovely mix of Roman Catholic and VooDoo. Sateria's body is made up of two vintage coffee tins that I restored a bit with acrylics and then an old heavy weight funnel that had a chain attached. So I simply embellished the chain and ran it up to attach to the top of her turban. Her arms are miniature bowling pins from a vintage child's games which I also painted and added screw eyes to attach bobbin hands an spool shoulders wrapped in translucent embroidery thread. The rings that make up her earrings and necklaces are actually very old horse harness rings with the exception of the bottom thick wooden necklace which is a simple painted thrift store bangle. Santeria's turban and skirt were fashioned out of an old pair of camouflage pants that I owned and an old blue plaid shirt which I wore until it fell apart. The sewing on this fabric is random and very colorful. My mistake was painting the fabric before I started sewing which made it quite difficult to attach all of the traditional Catholic medallions, pins and classic Moschell babies. My hands were bleeding for days. Lots of my DNA lives on this piece in the form of blood, sweat, tears and spit!
I did a dingle dangle rosary which I painted on and kept adding to her torso and wraps with medallions, micro beads, vintage mourning pins of the dead, rosary pieces, embroidery floss and roosters. Her head is ceramic porcelain and I started by covering it with old transfers of moths and butterflies. Once they had been applied I painted over them with watercolor adding extra details along the way. Vintage mismatch hand blown glass eyes were set into place and then wrapped with a blood red emroidery floss. Forever I worked on her thick head of woolen dreads in colors of earth browns and oranges and I wrapped them in a variety of ways with colored floss. Perched on her turban is a vintage metal baby rattle that I colored with oil pastel and a chicken skull that has milky vintage blinking eyes. Giant porcupine quills hold it in place as they shoot out of the top. Santeria also has a secret compartment. But I won't tell you were it is because then it wouldn't be a secret. I could go on with more detail but you can really see it all for yourself. She stands over two feet tall and is a very solid construction. I hope that you enjoy her.
Santería, also known as Regla de Ochá or La Regla de Ifá, is a syncretic religion of Caribbean origin that developed in the Spanish Empire among West African descendants. Santeria is also a Spanish word that means the worship of Saints. Santería is influenced by and syncretized with Roman Catholicism.
Enjoy ~ Paul Moschell
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@penny4apenny @fkirks @matchell @leeoth @avilacore Thank you all very much! I'm honored. 🙏🏻

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WOW what a usual piece of work, I'm really enjoying what you've done here

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love the use of different materials, really speaks to the pieces diversity

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Very different yet uniquely inspiring

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great workmanship!!!

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this is breathtaking

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@keely @lwang @maxalfonso Thank You!

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Brilliant

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I can't wait to show my daughter your new statue when she gets home 😊

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I can't believe how much detail when into this piece

505 6 9

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7739–7799 E 1st Pl
Denver, CO


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