portfolio : drawings : ojo del artista
Title: Ojo del Artista
Dimensions: 8" x 10"
Medium: Mixed media on clayboard
Year: 1998


This is a contemporary example of a Latin American retablo which is a stylized painting of a saint, Christ, or the Virgin Mary. Retablos were placed on altars and could be depended on to remedy both specific and general situations: disease, accidents, etc. In 'Ojo del Artista', the subject is 'ojo' or the evil eye which is inflicted on a person through a prolonged stare. Such a stare is said to produce bad luck or harm for the subject. The motivation to inflict 'ojo' on another may be jealousy, envy, revenge, or other malicious feelings. MORE>