Claudia with Snake

Relief Sculpture: handmade paper, acrylic, and glitter
13 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (irregular)
Date: 1980

Claudie DeMonte’s interest in icons, saints, and devotional objects is deeply influenced by her Italian-Catholic upbringing in Astoria, New York. She traces her interest in a naïve, craft-based style to the ethnically diverse location of her upbringing.

As a young woman without a saint’s name, Claudia was often singled out in school, leading her to devise her own Saint Claudia, complete with shrines, portraits, and ritualistic objects. The work here is an example of such a self/saint portrait. This piece calls up both the biblical story of Eve and the Appalachian tradition of snake handling as part of Pentacostal church ritual.

All works by Claudia DeMonte
To Have It About You: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

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