Religious images and iconography showing suffering and pain are a constant throughout my work, raising a serial of questions that confront me with my religious upbringing. The prehispanic indigenous traditions and the religious history of Mexico inspire me to give shape
to my ideas and emotions

 

Metamorfosis divinas represents the devotion and pain of the pilgrims crawling on their knees to the sanctuary of the Mexican dark-skinned Virgen de Guadalupe. In a deep act of faith, the pilgrims pay for a favour or show repent in a procession that leaves them exhausted and wounded. The materials represents the physical devotion of the faithful and refer to the relics and exvotos offered at the Virgin’s altar. The repetitive and circular pattern of the necklaces shows the cyclic and collective movement of people that share belief, suffering and hope.

Jorge Manilla

2006

CORONAS PARA LA REINA

Silver

METAMORFOSIS DIVINAS I

Porcelain, gold leaf

METAMORFOSIS DIVINAS III

paper, thorns

EL BESO

dissected colibri, porcelain, cotton thread

EL ADIOS

electroformed copper, fabric, cotton thread

METAMORFOSIS DIVINAS II

porcelain, silver/thorn

NO TODOS SOMOS IGUALES

porcelain, cotton thread

BENDITAS PENITENCIAS

porcelain, cotton thread, silver