Tía Lupe,

Al Rendon

Archival pigment ink print | Impresión en tinta de pigmento de archivo
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in)
Private collection | Colección privada
Photo courtesy of the artist | Imagen cortesía del artista

Artist’s Statement

In 1531, La Virgen de Guadalupe revealed herself to Juan Diego, speaking in his native Nahuatl. Her appearance demonstrated that the Blessed Mother’s intercessions and blessings applied to the Indigenous Mexican peoples, and she has been a revered presence in the culture from that moment. 

As I grew up, I was most familiar with La Virgen by seeing my Tia’s bedspread. Which featured a large image of the saint. I was inspired to visit my aunt and photograph her with her bedspread.  I realized that my native culture—the San Antonio Mexican American experience—could reveal valid art, reflections of strong and expressive lives. I had always carried my camera knowing that good images could occur any time, and the images continued to appear.