May 27, 2001
Artist Lopez Defends Work
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 4:03 p.m. ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California artist Alma Lopez
says she doesn't understand why some people consider her representation of
the Virgin Mary offensive.
Her computer collage of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's
national representation of the Virgin Mary, shows a young Hispanic woman covered
by roses in a sort of floral bikini. She is supported by a bare-breasted angel.
Some Roman Catholic leaders have denounced the artwork as
sacrilegious. There have been demonstrations and protests at the state-run
Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M., where the work is on display.
``I see this woman's legs and her belly ... and I don't see
anything wrong,'' Lopez told the Los Angeles Times.
As for the angel, also portrayed by a Hispanic model: ``They're
just breasts. I have them. Don't rage against the breasts.''
Lopez said Hispanic activists have asked her to voluntarily
withdraw the work. She has refused. ``It would mean Latinas don't have a right
to their own voice,'' she said.
On the Web: Lopez' Web site: http://www.almalopez.net