Rust to Religion

Valerie Arntzen – Rust to Religion
July 11 to August 10, 2008

Opening Reception:
Friday July 11, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Numen Gallery
120 – 1058 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tuesday – Saturday
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Valerie Arntzen creates assemblages using objects and materials found locally as well as on her frequent trips to Mexico. RUST TO RELIGION reflects her long-standing fascination with religious rituals and artifacts, Mexican milagros in particular. A milagro is a charm that is used to represent a body part or an animal that needed healing. Today, milagros are no longer made of silver but of tin. After they are blessed by the curandero or healer, they are carried on the person or left at the shrine with pieces of paper containing handwritten notes and prayers, some of which are in the shape of sacred hearts.