DENISE STEWART SANABRIA: MISAPPROPRIATED MYTHOLOGY ALTERS
Customs House Museum / 200 S. 2nd St. January 18, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Denise Stewart Sanabria
Knoxville artist Denise Stewart Sanabria has used Byzantine decoration, Faberge egg bling, Medieval religious altar construction, and 21st century design standards to create secular cultural altars dedicated to who we are, where we’ve come from, and what we obsess about. The artist says her approach is purely quotidian, from the themes to the materials used. Theater stages and urban streets are blinged-out with rhinestones and acrylic pellets used in the floral industry. Halos are made from both costume jewelry earrings and gold leaf. Denise's most recent altars are informed almost entirely by the mixed group of actors and burlesque performers that regularly model for the arts community where she lives.