Sandro, Sandro [back]

Oil on Panel | 18" x 26" | 2009

The large main character is an Argentinean singer and sex symbol from the 70's named Sandro de America. His name is the first "Sandro" in "Sandro, Sandro. The second Sandro in the title is Sandro Botticelli.

Sandro de America is the master of ceremonies and presides over this gathering, held in a tacky lavender living room, where my husband Peter and I are conjoined and watching. Around us are symbolic objects that I've amassed as if I were a lonely child building a world around myself. There is a broken microphone at Sandro's feet because in his video "Te Propongo," he dramatically takes his microphone apart at the end as if to say, "There, now no one will ever sing again!"

Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" hangs on the wall, signifying springtime and birth. The tulips on the table to the left of Sandro de America also signify life coming in. "The Birth of Venus" is book-ended between a train speeding forward and Seabiscuit ridden by a jockey and winning his race. These two images depict my hope for achievement and signify the human drive.

While the Botticelli and tulips symbolize life, there are also symbols of lives past. At my feet sits a wooden-block dog sculpture by New Orleans artist Jeffrey Cook, recreated from memory. Setchie Scioneaux, an old friend of mine from New Orleans, had Jeffrey's dog sculpture in his collection. Both Jeffrey and Setchie have passed and the dog stands as a symbol of both of their lives, taking on a mythic quality. Also as testimony to a past life is the seat beside me, left empty for deceased New Orleans artist Chuck Crosby, who often symbolized himself as a chair in his paintings. When he was emotionally strong the chair was strong, when he felt vulnerable, the chair was made out of toothpicks.

Another use of symbolism is beside me in the form of a minuscule brush. This brush represents well-known Louisiana artist Douglas Bourgeois. Doug and Chuck are the most meaningful influences to me as an artist. Their vision was shown to me during my formative years as an artist and is an important element in my work to this day.

The family photo to my left is of my parents. Also on the floor are 2 cookie jars from Andy Warhol's collection. The empty bench and sofa are for any other angels that I may have forgotten.