Natacha Villamia Sochat: I Create Retablos
Friday, April 29 - Saturday, May 28
Meet the Artist: Friday, April 29 | 6-8pm, Cary Art Loop
Medium: Mixed media
A retablo is a frame or shelf enclosing revered objects above and behind an altar. The Merriam Webster dictionary states: “A votive offering made in the form of a religious picture typically portraying Christian saints, painted on a panel, and hung in a church or chapel especially in Spain and Mexico.”
“As a child I was exposed to the displaying of personal altars of worship in many homes that I visited. For me it was a normal part of life to see these niches of importance and reverence. These altars housed images of loved ones as well as objects of sentimental value as a respectful offering. As an adult, I realized that beyond my Latino culture, there are many iterations of this practice across many other cultures as well, in one form or another. I create Retablos that are hung on the wall as an appropriation of this personal practice for ideas or sentiments that are valuable to me as a human being, woman, mother, child, wife, artist, and healer."