Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America
By Colleen McDannell
Yale University Press
November 1, 1998
For many artists, altar building is not merely an artistic endeavor. Some artists come from Catholic backgrounds and seek to rework Catholic images so that the symbols communicate the artist’s own political, social, spiritual, and aesthetic goals. Others use Christian images but see themselves as followers of the Great Goddess or explorers of spiritual energy. Chicana Linda Vallejo sees her shrine as “a natural vehicle for expressing my spiritual growth.” She and Amalia Mesa Bains are examples of artists who integrate images from their Hispanic culture into their art.