Functionals 7, by artist Christian Vargas, 2019.
This is a food-safe vessel depicting three faces of the patron saint of drug dealers, Jesús Malverde, alongside one slightly larger face of pop culture icon Pee Wee Herman with one large horizontal handle and one small vertical handle.
Cream interior glaze with a slight green tint over a purple/black spider web pattern.
11 x 9.5 x 3"
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.