Mi Amor [My Love]
111.6 x 76.3 cm (43 15/16 x 30 1/16 in.)
(Montebello, California, 1966 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
A complex religious figure, "la Virgen" is a traditional female role model that embodies both purity and motherhood. She is simultaneously revered and reimagined by artists to fit contemporary notions of gender. In "Mi Amor", Paul Martínez presents a young pregnant woman as Mary. Instead of her cape-like mantle, this Virgin is covered with a Mickey Mouse printed sheet in a scene with vibrant colors and photographic imagery of cherubs and roses.