I actually went to Lake Arthur in New Mexico to see the famed Jesus tortilla. They have it in a little shrine on their front lawn. It’s worth the trip if you’re in the area. I did a John F. Kennedy tortilla about 30 years ago, and it hasn’t had any preservation problems. Maybe tortillas are archival without any special treatment. It’s kind of strange, but I did a little painting on a fig newton, and it’s held up too. I guess if you keep that stuff dry and away from bugs, it can last forever. Maybe there’s divine intervention involved too, or preservatives.
You were about 17 years ahead of me with your JFK tortilla! Is it possible that preservatives are divine? I’ve also seen one of those American Cheese slices tacked to a wall for years, still in tack (although a little bent). Ed recently discovered a Jesus profile on our RAV4 tail light. And I didn’t touch it (although I was seriously tempted to wipe off his nose).
I loved seeing the three different vantage points and hearing your thoughts. I remember seeing this piece in person, and so often the experience of viewing your works in a gallery can be limiting for lack of time and space if during an opening. It is so nice to see this work again up close and leisurely. Terrific piece!
Sarah. You’re just the best. Even brutal messages are delivered with such beauty. I’m reminded of the quote “Art is seduction, not rape”.
Thanks Peter! That’s a fine quote. I’ve been accused of being seduced by my materials, and have never fought it. Subtlety however, is something that I have to in my minds eye on an on going basis.