Art. Recovery. Archetypes

My Current Obsession with Votive Offerings

October 05, 2022


Last September, I had the opportunity to see the Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.  If you ever have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it. 

 I've studied her work and career off and on throughout my life.  But seeing her work and collection in real life left a huge impact on my soul.  Especially her collection of Votive offerings that her and Rivera Diego collected. 

Votive Offerings  (ex-votos) are basically a thank you note to the divine.  The concept of a votive offering has been around for thousands of years. The earliest reference dates back to the 5th century BC, an offering to Apollo at Delphi. Hernan Cortez, the conquistador of Mexico, had an elaborate offering created to give thanks for his survival from the bite of a scorpion using gems. 

So, this mouth, I have been making my own....

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