Santo Niño

Metals,digital collage, electric candles

22.25"h x 27.125"w x 6"d

The saint child. in the Philippines, a boy of less than two years, in his older sister's dress, arms held high by the help, is immortalized by the camera. Was this pre-destiny? Portent of shame, stigmatization, and denial, the child willingly accepts what is not yet learned. As the first piece in the "Times of Iron" body of work, the materials themselves serve as metaphors: rough cut steel, unpolished assembly, unrefined craftsmanship, marks of stress and surface scars, all sum up the future path of a child not yet prejudiced or made to fear that which is itself. Pre-martyred, this portable shrine serves to remind, teach, and cherish the life so laid forth.