Luna Miel (Oro) combines different forms of corn with gold powders to both evoke imagery of the glowing, Byzantine Madonna enthroned along with the legacy of colonial trade harvesting indigenous resources such as maize and gold for imperial industries and commerce.
Mother Mold sculptures are made of intimate ephemera, consumer and environmental waste poured into a slurry of domestic construction materials. The pregnant figures are cast from Mother Molds created by diasporic pregnant people in the Mama Spa Botanica collaborative birthing justice salon.The Mother Mold sculptures consider the culture of pregnancy in the Americas, a complicated historical, political and geographic context wherein conquering the tropical landscape and women’s bodies both stem from a colonial Eurocentric legacy. Transforming statues into statutes, sculptures and photographs, the artist aims to increase visibility of structural violence in reproductive health.
The image is courtesy of the artist, was shot by Brandon Neubauer at the artist's solo show in NYC at Bronx River Art Center titled Unbearable Fruit: Linea Negra Photographs, Mother Mold Sculptures from the Mama Spa Botanica October 2021-December 2021.