Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Artist Statement about "Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon & Her Stepford Friends" Show

The thought-provoking pieces are collages featuring, according to Artus, three key components: vintage ads, images of the Virgin Mary or a nun, and weapons. “I select ads that show some of the things that we as women were – and still are – told to buy if we want to have a good life or keep a man;” Artus says, “this bra, that book, this lingerie, that product.” On top of the ads, Artus places the images of the Virgin Mary or a nun – selected, according to Artus, for their symbolism of being the good girl or the ideal, well-behaved woman. “The expectation to be pure is part of what I’m exploring. These pieces express so many of my thoughts on religion and on the complexities of being a woman.” The weapons, ironically hand-embroidered in feminine shades of pink and yellow, are the finishing touch that Artus calls “symbols of power”.

“I find my journey through life as a woman one of my greatest curiosities;” says Artus; “in all of my work, I am trying to define what it means to be a woman or an aspect of the female persona and how our experiences are unique from men. My work is often very whimsical and disturbing at the same time.”


  1. Looks pretty cool, hope you do a show in the DFW area.

  2. I first viewed your art work on a spanish news station! LOL. I immediately became fascinated by it. I know how alot of the hispanic people are disturbed by it, but if I've learned anything in school, it's that artist have a completely different way of seeing things that normal people don't. You are truly gifted for receiving the ability to see beyond what people see. I want to congratulate you on your work. OUTSTANDING!