Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sheila Fleming "Blessings Altar" at the Joyful Jewel 5-12-15

"Blessings Altar"
Sheila Fleming
Mixed Media Magnet in an Altoid Box

   My ALTARS are miniature shrines using objects, symbols and words as an expression of my desire to create sacred space combined with my obsession with small things.  During my last trip to Mexico, I fell in love with the little "nichos", or altars, that sit on tables, hang on walls, or are set in little niches in walls.  Although nichos throughout Latin America are usually based in Roman Catholicism, mine include gods, goddesses and icons from many faiths. Some of my altars are made using tins I brought back from Mexico.

My signature "portable" altars start with recycled Altoids (breath mint) tins, which are covered and collaged in decorative papers, then adorned with found objects. Each altar features a devotional image of some sort, as well as a collection of mini-prayer cards or words of inspiration.


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