Following a trip to Los Mochis and the small town of Santa Nia de Mochis, I took the photos for the image in California Fashions Slaves on my laptop. I used these photos for an online exhibit at the University of San Francisco in 2000. As I began to create the print, I found that putting the scans on the actual paper was hard to control. I was able to place the fabric swatches like the ones in California Fashions Slaves, but I was unable to place the paper cutouts, like the fabric swatches, on the back of the print. I then used a printer that I had available in the school's library to create the print. I wanted a nice brown color, but the printer was only printing in gray, so I had to use charcoal gray and black. Again, I found it difficult to control the placement of the images.
Guadalupe the Virgin: May be the most beautiful of all the Catholic Virgins. Her only blouse is a beautiful rose. Her hands are the wings of a butterfly. Her skirt is a spread of colors and flowers. Her hair is a brilliant red. Her face is as bright as a flower. She is the queen of beauty and love. She is a symbol of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who watched over the Spanish conquistadors and their two children, Fatima and Jesus. Guadalupe is also the name of an Aztec goddess, Coyolxauhqui, who is a symbol of the feminine moon goddess. The Virgin of Guadalupe was a young Mexican Indian woman, named Dona Maria, who was born on December 12, 1531.
Cossutius's actions are not just a violation of a slave, but a comment on how the house operates in today's society. A slave doesn't need to be sold to enter the house. The owners chose two virgins to please his every whim, and he publicly marks them as such. He also makes a comment about the Ludus in general, which is to say that if you do not fight in the house, you do not belong there. The House of Batiatus, a place that is the House of Batiatus, had absolutely no regard for its own reputation. 827ec27edc