This performance piece was part of “A Night of Puppets” at Alter Space Gallery in San Francisco, CA in 2013
A friend gave me a stick puppet- she bought it because it looks just like me, and she called it ‘Rafaelito’. Eventually, I turned Rafaelito into a string puppet- I gave it arms and legs and strings and dressed it up too.
Invited into an exhibition about puppets, I decided I’d re-examine the concept of painting as a performance. In this piece, Cortezuma sat for a portrait done by Rafaelito.
I decided to record this performance on View Master reels. Here are some of the images:
What is it about miniature versions of things that draw us in? I suppose we are also drawn in by oversized versions of things, but perhaps in a different way. It seems that miniature versions of things make us want to care for them, while large versions make us, what, hungry?