|Laurie Beth Zuckerman's Madre Dolorosa altar installation |
uses Mexican Oaxacan pottery of angels, saints, and skulls
|Laurie Beth Zuckerman's Madre Dolorosa: The Spanish Lady|
installation has this smaller Black Madonna altar on one side
Laurie Beth Zuckerman's fall exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado was a complex installation of three altars and four memory jugs. The largest altar, Madre Dolorosa: The Spanish Lady, was comprised of three smaller altars. Pictured are photos of the side altar portraying the patron saint of Oaxaca, Mexico, the Virgin of Solitude, known as Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. She is a black pottery statue that I bought about 25 years ago. Newer black pottery from Oaxaca, in the form of skulls and angels, has been collected on my more recent trips to Mexico.
The black madonna figurehead at the top of the altar was actually a broken white concrete madonna I found in a metal trashcan outside a roadside shrine in Southern Colorado. I painted her black and placed her head on an old crock, to simulate her missing body. A lot of statues get broken at roadside shrines, and this was not the first madonna I have rescued. I like that I have given her new life on my own shrine. The idea of throwing away any part of a sacred shrine seems so senseless.
Everything on this altar is black or gold. I have collected the objects for these altars over the past 20 years. Hope you enjoy these detailed photos of my collections of religious folk art.