Community Altars

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El Dia de los Muertos- presented by the Unity Council of Oakland, Fruitvale 2009.
La Diosa Emerge– This altar, was in honor of women who suffered from mental illness, suicide, or dementia.  In 2009, it was a response to the unraveling of the female psyche under patriarchy and capitalism when NASA bombed the moon, a death of a friend to suicide and the passing of my Auntie Pilar who was a Catholic Nun who died with Alzheimers Disease. The highest rates of suicide at that time were attributed to Latina girls, homosexual youth, and Asian elders.  When I was researching Mesoamerican moon goddesses, I felt that “Ix Chel” from the Maya, was the Goddess who could put the dismembered Aztec Goddess, “Coyolxauhqui” back together again.  Their images were part of the altar but are not shown here. I have represented in this altar, the weaver, the fruit-bearer, and the medicine.  Her silk web was stretching above, for people to pin their beloveds names and prayers onto. The painting tryptic is of Tonantzin, the butch angel of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Sacred heart of Mary.
Tonantzin/La Virgen de Guadalupe: Queen of Heaven and Earth
3’x4′ Acrylic on Canvas. Liz Duran Boubion, 2009
The Healing Garden- Grace Cathedral, 2010.  In collaboration with Jill Togawa’s Purple Moon Dance Project. In honor of women in recovery from addiction.
The Healing Garden- Grace Cathedral, 2010.  In collaboration with Jill Togawa’s Purple Moon Dance Project
Clay vessel with feathers- Hawk, vulture, turkey and pheasant.  By Liz Boubion and Sculptor, Meryl Juniper

Clay vessel with feathers- Hawk, vulture, turkey and pheasant. By Liz Boubion and Sculptor, Meryl Juniper

La Piñata Indigeniste-2012.  After performing and researching the history of the Piñata, embodying the contemporary paper mache pinata ritual on a physical level, emotional level, and imaginal level- in relation to colonization, appropriation, modernization, border crossing, mixed race identity and immigration, the work evolved to re-claim the Aztec ritual to honor Huitzilopochtli (Sun God) in community in Sebastopol, Ca. June 2012 to prepare for the ending of the Mayan Synchronometer. Together with Afia Walking Tree, Qween Hollins and Debbie Nargie Brown, we led a ceremony with the Green Valley Village intentional community.  Offering a prayer for sustainability, and for the continuation of life for 52 more years.  Merryl Juniper helped me sculpt and fire this beautiful vessle that I imagined an original vessle may have looked like.  This one held our intentioned cups of water.  On Dec. 21, we plan to have another community ritual to break it open and offer it back to the land.  Our vision of a sustainable and regenerative community encompasses, cultural diversity and bio-diversity through art, education and spirituality.

Green Valley Village, Sebastopol, Ca.

Ending of the Mayan Synchronometer. Prayer for sustainability with Qween Hollins, Afia Walking Tree. Liz Duran Boubion and members of Green Valley Village. Sebastopol, Ca. 2012.