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This darling vintage Mexican hand painted frame holds a vintage religious card of the Madonna and Child mounted on a piece of vintage doily. The heart Milagro is a vintage brass one purchased at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. (Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings Catholicism).
Signed by the artist
Measures approx. 5” x 9”
As a traveling museum professional, the artist Debra Boudreau became fascinated by different types of “shrining” or the creation of receptacles for sacred relics and objects. The idea of creating an honorable or even sacred space within a box where one can pay homage to something or someone of significance to one’s life.
Thus began many years of creating artistic shrines in a multitude of found receptacles. Wine boxes, cigar boxes. orange crates or even cardboard boxes became housings for these wondrous constructions.
SteelGoatStudio offers a wide and fascinating range of wonderful objets dart, primitive folk art and iconic cultural pieces, many of which I have collected in my travels to many countries. I have always been drawn to hand-crafted and indigenous pieces which illustrate the arts, philosophies and icons of the many cultures and art movements I have been fortunate enough to explore. My listings here on Artizan Made links to my shop on Etsy. If this item has sold, you will hopefully find similar pieces that capture your attention.
Almost at the beginning of my traveling life as a museum professional, I became captivated with the shrines found in so many cultures. I began studying the reasons and objects that people incorporate into the receptacles of sacred relics and remembrances and the methods they use when making them. I really love and admire the idea of creating honorable or sacred places within a container where homage is paid to someone or something of significance.
Many years of creating artistic shrines have commenced. Along with the artifacts I have collected, I use a multitude of found receptacles including wine crates, cigar boxes, orange crates, and even cardboard boxes as the vessels for these assemblages. I strive to achieve depth and texture by using a variety of techniques and materials: as wide ranging as historical stencils, rusty found objects, old book pages, vintage and period wallpaper, and whimsical recycled pieces, all composed in a robust palette with a contemporary slant.
I also offer pieces in their original form in the shop, alongside the pieces I personally create. After years of enjoying many of the artifacts, I have included them in this shop to share with those of you who also appreciate fine hand-crafted, culturally rich pieces.