In the Retablo tradition of the Ex-Voto, I painted this for my sister, Alisa Acosta to celebrate the blessing of her recovery from cancer. The image on a Ex-Voto is a visual acknowledgment and expression of gratitude for a blessing received. Sharing my sister’s journey to recovery with her I am in awe of her strength.
We grew up on the Southern California coast and when we were children, spent many days at the beach across the street from our Abuelita’s (grandmother’s) house. Our memories of the beach are a source of happiness to both of us. We’d play in the waves, boogie board, pop buds on long strings of kelp, or walk out onto the jetty with brown sacks of warm tortilla chips fresh from my Abuelita’s cast iron fry pan. On the beach, standing on the water’s edge and facing west, with the Los Angeles metropolis of millions of people at our backs, we would look into the wilderness of the ocean. This strong, iconic mermaid reflects both the divine feminine along with the beauties and powers of the ocean. The dominant color scheme is my sister’s favorite color — green, the color of a clear, crisp ocean wave.
Title: La Sirena Verde / The Green Mermaid
Medium: Oil and Sterling Silver metal leaf with antique 24kt. gold glazed ceramic mosaic on artisan made Ponderosa Pine planks salvaged from a 1904 building in Bend, Oregon.
Size: 17″ x 24″
Year: January 2008
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