Functionals 5, by artist Christian Vargas, 2019.
This is a food-safe bowl depicting three Jesús Malverde (patron saint of drug dealers) faces with five small handles.
Aqua interior glaze.
7 x 7 x 2.75"
Vargas' sculptures examine the power of belief, faith, boundaries of humor and familiarity. Using clay as a material to hold an inherent history and tactile memory, and molds from cultural oddities, Vargas creates objects that layer symbolism in an effort to create his own folklore.