This is a series I have created inspired by my experience in Italy this summer. I am very interested in the casual presence of religious artifacts, buildings, and altars on the streets of Italy and wanted to recreate one type in particular that I found intriguing. On many street corners of every Italian city I visited there were little shadow box frame-like altars dedicated to different saints or religious figures. They were as easily found as street signs and often adorned with flowers and symbols of the saint depicted.
In an attempt to recreate these shrine-like altars, I have created a series of portraits of my own saints, some deriving from the catholic religion and others from my own mind. Although my main inspiration was Catholicism, ancient pagan influences have also come into play in my planning, mixing saints and goddesses into glorified, human-like figures.
All of the sets and props shown are found-objects or hand made with a very low budget, emphasizing the very casual feeling religion has in some of these places. The over the top colors and use of gold is inspired by baroque art and it’s extremely dramatic characteristics.
I have been slaving over this series and I really hope you like it.
by alexis mire