Trump Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Trump Voodoo Doll is a wall mountable sculpture, made by assembling materials and objects such fabrics, a wood box, scissors and pins. It reflects the surreal reality we live in these days, having such joke, corrupt, old-fashioned, ignorant, sexist, misogynist, magnate, disgusting, man in power. A pig face for a Pig-man.

Jong-un Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5"

 

Kim Jong-un is the current supreme leader of North Korea succeeding his father, Kim Jong-il, after his death in 2011. Jong-un continued developing nuclear weapons and ruling as a dictator following his father’s steps. In 2013 he had his uncle Jang Song-thaek executed for treachery, he also order his legion to kill his uncle’s children, grandchildren and relatives. Announcing after this purge that his party had become purer, sending a warning that his army “will never pardon those who disobey the order of the supreme commander”.

Putin Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

 

Vladimir Putin is the current president of the Russian Federation; he has been in power since 1999, also as Prime Minister. Putin cultivates an outdoor, sporty, tough guy public image, demonstrating his physical straight in extreme sports and interaction with wild animals. Since 1999 Putin has reportedly punished journalists who challenge his official point of view. After 2012, Russia has harassed, intimidated and imprisoned political activists. Also incentivized an increasing violence against LGBTQ due to the gay propaganda law.  

In 2017 USA intelligence expressed that Putin personally ordered an “Influence Campaign” to denigrate Hillary Clinton and harm her electoral chances and potential presidency favoring Donald Trump.

Thaksin Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Thaksin Shinawatra was the Thailand’s Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. A former police officer and the founder of Shin Corporation one of the richest people in Thailand. In 2003, Thaksin launched a “war on drugs” campaign. In the first three months, the Human Rights Watch reported that 2.275 people were killed. The government claimed that only about 50 of those people died by the hands of police officers, the rest being drug traffickers getting silenced by their dealers. Thaksin was the first Prime Minister of Thailand to serve full term and he was re-elected in 2005 by an overwhelming majority. But, after selling shares of his corporation worth more than a billion dollars to foreign investors without paying taxes, a citizens movement against Thaksin, called People’s Alliance for Democrats, launched a mass protest, accusing him of corruption and abuse of power. He was overthrown in a military coup in 2006, barred from political activity. Since then, Thaksin lives in self-imposed exile mostly in England and Dubai, and he faces a two-year jail sentence if he returns to Thailand.

 

Al-Assad Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Bashar al-Assad is the current president of Syria elected after his father Hafez as-Assad who was president from 1971 to 2000. In 2011, the United States, the European Union and the majority of the Arab League called for Assad resignation after he allegedly ordered military sieges on Arab Spring protesters (which led to the beginning of the Syrian Civil War). The UN reported finding evidence that implicated Assad in war crimes: ordering torture, imprisonment and the death of political opponents. Assad has rejected the allegations of war crimes and criticized American led intervention in Syria for attempting regime change.  

Hussein Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Saddam Hussein was president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003, although he had been in power several years before.

His dictatorship was brutal, the killings of Iraqis by the Security Services of Saddam’s government estimates 250.000. His invasions of Iran and Kuwait also resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Hussein acquired the tittle “Butcher of Baghdad”.

 

A coalition led by the USA invaded Iraq in 2003 to depose Hussein, falsely accusing him of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda. Following his capture, in 2006, a trial took place and he was convicted by an Iraqi court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging.

Chávez Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Hugo Chávez was a Venezuelan politician and revolutionary. President from1999 to 2013. After survived a short-lived coup d’état in 2002 Chávez and his followers seized control of the Supreme Court and undercut the ability of journalists, human rights defenders and other Venezuelans to exercise fundamental rights. In 2004 he carried out a political takeover of the Supreme Court, adding 12 seats of government supporters, ceasing the court’s function as a check on presidential power, advancing Chávez political agenda, validating the governments disregard for human rights.

Chávez voted against the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the abusive practices in North Korea, Burma, Iran and Syria. He identified Fidel Castro, who headed Cuba’s repressive government, as his model and mentor.

 

Stalin Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5"  

 

Joseph Stalin governed the Soviet Union as a dictator from 1920 until his death in 1953. His leadership transformed the country into an industrial power disrupting its food production contributing to the famine of 1932-33. Stalin followed a Marxist and Leninist ideology; from 1934 to 39 he organized the “Great Purge” to eradicate those who were considered the “enemies of the working class”. Stalin’s government is known for overseeing mass repressions, hundreds of thousands of executions and millions of non-combatant deaths through his policies.

 

The Soviet Army ended WWII with the invasion of Berlin in 1945 and emerged along side the USA as one of the two world superpowers at the time. Escalating into a period of tensions in which Stalin developed a nuclear weapon, known as the Cold War. A period during which the country experienced another major famine and a radical anti-Semitism, reaching its peak in 1953 with his death. The Cold War tensions lasted until 1991.

Fidel Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruiz was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister and President from 1959 to 2008. Under his Marxist-Leninist regime, Cuba became a one-party communist state, the first of the western hemisphere. The Human Rights Watch stated that his government deprived Cubans of their basic rights and suppressed freedom of expression. Castro’s atrocities include: use of firing squads executions to enforce discipline; foreign interventions resulting in thousands of deaths; sinking the 13 de Marzo tugboat killing 41 people including many Cuban women and children who tried to escape his dictatorship; the UMAPs forced labor camps designated for people who refused to “volunteer” to work on the behalf of the revolution, who were homosexuals, practice other religion, or refused collectivization.

 

Tojo Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Hideki Tojo was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan (1941 to 1944) during much of the WWII. He was responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor where 2.403 Americans were killed and other 1.178 were wounded. Which initiated war between Japan and the United States. After the end of the war, Tojo was arrested, sentenced to dead by the International Military Tribunal for Japanese war crimes (massacre, human experimentation, starvation and forced labor) and hanged on December 23rd 1948.

 

Hitler Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Adolf Hitler was, an Austrian born, German Chancellor and leader of the Nazi Party from 1933 to 1945. Hitler aimed to eliminate Jews from Germany and establish a New Order, in 1939 he invaded Poland causing the outbreak of World War II. During his leadership, the Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed as social undesirable (sub-humans). Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war.

In his final days of war, Hitler married his long-time lover and two days after, on April 30 1945, they killed themselves to avoid capture by the Soviet Red Army.

 

As a result of WWII 29 million civilians and soldiers died, constituting the deadliest conflict in human history. 

Díaz Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Porfirio Díaz was a Mexican general and politician who served as president of Mexico for more than thirty years from 1876 to 1911, a period of time known as Porfiriato. His regime was controversial, while it brought stability after decades of conflict against the French-imposed rule of Emperor Maximillian; it grew unpopular due to the civil repression and political stagnation. His economic policies largely benefited his circle of allies and helped a few wealthy property-owners acquire huge areas of land, leaving rural campesinos unable to make a living, resulting in approximately 600.000 deaths, in the last decade of his rule.

 

After Díaz declared himself the winner of an eighth term in office in 1910 (at 80 years old), his electoral opponent, Francisco Madero, called for an armed rebellion against his regime leading to the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. In 1911, Díaz was forced to resign and went into exile in France, where he died four years later.

 

Pinochet Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Augusto Pinochet was Chile’s dictator between 1973 and 1990, remaining commander-in-chief of its army until 1998. He assumed power after a coup d’état that overthrew the democratically elected president Salvador Allende with the USA’s help. Following his rise to power, Pinochet persecuted leftists and political critics, resulting in the executions of 3.200 people, the internment of 80.000 and the torture of tens of thousands.

 

Pinochet was arrested under an international arrest warrant on a visit to London in 1998 in connection with human rights violations. He was released in year 2000 back to Chile, dying six years later under house arrest with about 300 criminal charges still pending.

Videla Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Jorge Rafael Videla was a senior commander in the Argentinian army and dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981. He came to power in a coup d’état that deposed Isabel Martínez Perón.

In 1985, two years after the return of a democratic government, he was prosecuted in the Trial of the Juntas for large-scale human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that took place under his rule. Including kidnappings or forced disappearance, widespread torture and extrajudicial murder of activists and political opponents as well as their families at secret concentration camps.

Videla was also convicted of the theft of many babies born during the captivity of their mothers at the illegal detention centers and passing them on for illegal adoption by associates of the regime.

 

Videla was in prison for 5 years, in 1990, president Carlos Menem pardoned him. But in 2010 he was put on trial again, taking responsibility for his army’s actions during his rule. In 2012 he was sentenced to 50 years in prison, dying a year later, in prison, after a fall in the shower.

Al-Bashir Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Omar al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician, the seventh president of Sudan and head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when, as a brigadier in the Sudanese Army he lead a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. Since then he was elected three more times as president in elections that have been under scrutiny for corruption.

In March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape and pillage against civilians in Darfur. Sources suggest that over 200.000 people were murdered since 2013, the beginning of the war in Darfur.

 

Gaddafi Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5"  

 

Muammar Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He was an Arab Nationalist and saw the Western Imperialism as his enemy. In 1969 he overthrew the pro-western Libyan government with a coup d’état. His first official actions were to get ride of all western people and take over the country’s oil companies, consequentially launching the oil price explosion of the 70’s becoming a threat for USA economic interests.

Gaddafi put the oil money into social programs and funded multiple terrorist groups around the world. After writing “The Green Book” he abolished his government in favor of local keepers comities, proclaiming that its own people “a state of the masses” ruled Libya. More than anything Gaddafi wanted Arab Union but his reforms created chaos and opposition. The religious conservatives didn’t like his attitude regarding gender equality. So Gaddafi became a target of assassination to both Arab and Western countries.

Gaddafi was internationally condemned as a dictator whose authoritarian administration violated the human rights of Libyan citizens and financed global terrorism. He was captured and killed in 2011 at the end of Libya’s civil war.

Bin Laden Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Osama bin Laden was born in a millionaire family in Saudi Arabia, with 22 years old he joined the Pakistani forces fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, gaining popularity among the Arabs by funneling arms, money and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan. In 1988 he formed al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization responsible for numerous of mass-casualty deaths throughout terrorist attacks worldwide. Part of his ideology was the concept that civilians from enemy countries, including women and children, were legitimate targets for jihadists to kill.

In 1992 Saudi Arabia banished him, so he shifted his base to Sudan, until USA pressured him to leave in 1996. After that, he established his base in Afghanistan declaring war to USA.

He became the most wanted fugitive and the major target of the US War on Terror; the FBI placed a $25 million bounty on him.

 

In 2011 bin Laden was shot and killed inside a private residential compound in Pakistan during a covert operation conducted by members of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the CIA operators on orders of the former president Barack Obama.

Kambanda Voodoo Doll

2017, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Jean Kambanda was the Prime Minister of Rwanda during Rwanda’s Genocide. He sworn in on April 9 and remained in the post for the one hundred days of the genocide until April 19 1994. The Rwanda genocide was the mass slaughter of the Tutsi people by members of Hutu ethnic group majority in government. An estimated of 500.000 – 1.000.000 Rwandans were killed constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended when the heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. Meanwhile Kambanda left office and fled the country.

The pervasive use of rape as a weapon of war caused a spike in HIV infection from newly infected women to babies born of rape. After the genocide, orphaned children or widows headed the households.

In 1998 Kambanda was condemned to life imprisonment for: genocide; agreement to commit genocide; public and direct incitation to commit genocide; aiding and abetting genocide; failing his duty to prevent genocide and two counts of crimes against humanity.

Pol Pot Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Pol Pot was a Cambodian politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister (1976-1979) and as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (1963-1981). Ideologically a Marxist-Leninist and Khmer nationalist, he lead the Khmer Rouge group fro 1963 to 1997. He took part in orchestrating the Cambodian genocide and presided over a totalitarian dictatorship, his government forced people who opposed his ideals to move to the countryside and work in collective farms or forced labor projects.

During the period of his four year leadership as Prime Minister, the combined effects of executions, strenuous working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care, caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian Population.

 

Trump Voodoo Box

mixed media, 6.5" x 7.5" x 1", 2016

 

Untlited Magazine:

untitled-magazine.com/80-female-artists-unite-for-uprise-angry-women-exhibit-this-january/

The New York Optimist:

www.thenewyorkoptimist.net/untitled-space-presents-uprise-angry-women-group-exhibition-jan-17---28-2017.html

WMagazine:

www.wmagazine.com/gallery/see-how-15-women-artists-including-rose-mcgowan-are-reacting-to-donald-trump

 

Trump Voodoo Box is a wall mountable sculpture, made by assembling materials and objects such fabrics, a wood box, scissors and pins. It was created during October 2016 as a reflection of a personal frustration regarding the American candidate Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election. 

Mao Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Mao Zedong commonly known as Chairman Mao was a Chinese communist revolutionary, political theorist and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Maoism.

Mao adopted Chinese Nationalism, anti-imperialism and the Marxist-Leninism ideologies. In 1957 he launched a campaign known as the Great Leap Forward that aimed to rapidly transform China’s economy from an agrarian economy to an industrial one. This campaign lead to the deadliest famine in history and the deaths of more than 45 million Chinese people, from 1958 to 1962. In 1966 he initiated the Cultural Revolution, which was marked by violent class struggle, widespread destruction of cultural artifacts and the unprecedented elevation of Mao’s personality cult; considered a severe setback for the People’s Republic of China.

 

Policeman Voodoo Box

mixed media, 10" x 8.5" x 2", 2017

 

Mixed media assemblage of wooden box with velvet liner, felt doll, scissors and pins; pointing out de idea of the American police brutality based on racial bias, along with the ongoing fatal police shootings.

Pig-man Voodoo Box

mixed media, 10" x 8.5" x 2", 2017

 

Mixed media assemblage of wooden box with velvet liner, felt doll, scissors and pins; pointing out the idea of the corrupt, old-fashioned, sexist, misogynist, magnate, disgusting, pig, man.

Kim Jon-il Voodoo Doll

2018, mixed media, 5.5" x 7.5" 

 

Kim Jon-il was born in Russia (Soviet Union at the time), he was four years old when the WWII ended and Korea regained independence from Japan. He became North Korea’s supreme leader after his father’s death in 1994 until his own death in 2011. But in 1991 he had been named the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Jon-il demanded absolute obedience and agreement from his ministers and party officials with no advice or compromise, and he viewed any slight deviation from his thinking as a sign of disloyalty.

Kim Jon-il government was accused of crimes against humanity for its alleged culpability in creating and prolonging the 1990’s famine. According to the 2004 Human Rights Watch report, the North Korean government under Kim Jon-il was “among the world’s most repressive governments”, having up to 200.000 political prisoners; no freedom of press or religion, political opposition or equal education.

 

Voodoo Box

2010, mixed media. Courtesy of Paul Camp.

American

2017, mixed media, 9" x 7" x 9" 

 

Celebrating Native American Day instead of Columbus Day. 

Farol

2014, mixed media, 2"x3"x5". Donated to Art in a Box Benefit.

Little Bags of Love

felt little bag with paper message, 2009

(read ABOUT for more information about this project)

 

Little Bags of Love
felt little bag with paper message, 2009
Embryo Composition

resin, fake bird and wood frame, 11"x11"x2", 2012

Cave Nest

2017, twigs, mud, clay and wax embryos, 18" x 11" x 16".

Ramp Nest

2017, spray painted twigs, mud and clay; wax embryos, 31" x 10" x 20".

Nest

2017, twigs, mud, clay and wax fetus, 21" x 10" x 21". 

Mini Nest

2017, twigs, mud, clay and wax embryo, 9" x 7" x 9". 

Three Decker Nest

2017, twigs, mud, clay and wax embryos 

Fetuses

2008, wax fetuses, variable dimensions.

Fetuses

2008, wax fetuses, variable dimentions.

We
resin over wood, 2009
Embedded Embryos

wood inside resin, 5"x5"x5.5" each piece, 2011

Embedded Embryo

wood inside resin, 5"x5"x5.5" 2011

Pregnant Belly
wax fetus inside resin belly inside leather, 2007
Pregnant Belly
wax fetus inside resin belly inside leather, 2007
Molecule

resin and satin fabric stuffed with polyester, 25"x40"x1.5", 2011

Diptych Molecule

resin and satin fabric stuffed with polyester, 40"x35"x1.5", 2011

MoteLx Embryo Monster
wax embryos inside jar with pigment, 2008
Embryo Bag
wax embryos wrapped in dry glue inside wool crochet bag, 2010
Embryo Deposit
wax embryos rapped in dry glue over paraffin, 2008
performance piece
wax embryo rapped in dry glue on crochet cord nest, 2010
3D Puzzles
caramel, beeswax, paraffin, dark chocolate and white chocolate over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
caramel over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
beeswax over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
paraffin over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
dark chocolate over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
white chocolate over aluminum, 2005
3D Puzzle
ice over aluminum, 2005
CubeI
plexiglass, 2006
CubeII
silk-print on plexiglass, 2006
CubeIII
silk-print on plexiglass, 2006
CubeIV
silk-print on plexiglass, 2006
CubeV
silk-print on plexiglass, 2006