|Detail from altered book by Cindy La Ferle|
When I began crafting mixed-media assemblages, I happened to be reading Beverly Donofrio's memoir, Looking for Mary, which inspired me to alter a small vintage photo album with Blessed Mother holy cards and found items (shown below).
I’d already started scouting yard sales and flea markets for castoff treasures to use in my altered art projects. And if luck was with me, I’d stumble on cardboard boxes or plastic bags stuffed with dashboard saints, broken rosaries, tattered hymnals, and religious medals.
The beauty of these spiritual relics – and the comfort they once provided their original owners -- was never lost on me. While I’m not Catholic, I wanted to treat these discarded items with respect and give them new homes in my art.
Combining elements of the sacred with the ordinary, I've made shrines and reliquaries from vintage advertising boxes, Altoid tins, key racks, miniature photo albums, and scrap metal. For inspiration, I look to the art of Renaissance Italy and modern Mexico -- or I might let a particular “find” from my stash of relics influence the outcome. Either way, my hope is that my spiritual pieces will evoke a sense of mystery and move viewers to find their own meaning in them.
|"Our Lady of the Lost & Found" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Our Lady of the Lost & Found" (detail of mosaic tile wall) by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Tin Can Icon" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"The Book of Mary" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"The Book of Mary" (interior view) by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Altered Santo: The Saint of Recycling" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Reliquary" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Reliquary" (detail view) by Cindy La Ferle|
|A collection of altered board books and albums with spiritual themes, by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Pocket Shrine" by Cindy La Ferle|