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Vaquera Sphinx Moth Original Paper Collage

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Vaquera Sphinx Moth Original Paper Collage

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Description

Original paper collage featuring a cowgirl with sugar skull makeup wearing a red western shirt with sphinx moth shoulder details. Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos style contemporary southwest art. All hand-cut paper. Finished in handmade salvaged tin frame and Museum Plexi.

Limited Series -- More Info

  • Title: Vaquera Sphinx Moth (Collage)
  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 46.25" H x 38" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in handmade salvaged tin frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back
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The Process

My paper collages begin with a base of light-colored, vintage papers affixed to a wood panel. These papers are then lightly painted, allowing details of the underlayer to show through. I create the rest of the artwork by hand-cutting a huge variety of salvaged papers using regular scissors, grouping and assembling the pieces appropriately, and affixing into the finished collage piece. No other element in this piece is painted.When finished, the piece is coated with a subtle, archival matte finish designed for collages. The frame is also hand-built with salvaged metal and finished with a pane of anti-reflective, UV acrylic.

Like many of my artworks, Vaquera (Spinx Month) in the Vaquera series was inspired by nature, The Sphinx Moth, or Hawk Moth, resembles a hummingbird in nature but is nocturnal. Therefore, she is often overlooked and is able to go about her tasks unhampered by the rest of the diurnal world. This mimicry inspired me to adorn the most recent Vaquera with these amazing moths. Emblazoned upon her shoulders, this delicate insignia reminds us that there are inspiring powers at play in the midnight.