Thursday, March 3, 2016

Day #20 - Art for Lent: Diego Romero's "Fallen Angel" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"Fallen" (2009) by Diego Romero | USA. Earthenware, 5 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
'Am I this white kid who grew up in Berkeley [California],' Romero asks, 'or am I this Johnny-come-lately back to the village born-again Indian? And I really think I'm neither and both.' He sees his wok as a postmodern take on the tradition of native pottery, which he says 'was primarily used for the spiritual needs of the people'. His fallen angel reached back to this sacred past while lamenting the present, in which alcoholism is prevalent in indigenous communities. [page 134]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."