September 2002



Subject: Your controversial image
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 18:23:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: Juanita Salazar Lamb <>

Dear Ms. Lopez: I am working on my master's at the University of Oklahoma; my thesis is "La Virgen de Guadalupe in Contemporary Latino Culture: Images in Art and Literature."

I am very interested in hearing of your inspiration for your piece "Our Lady," and how you have responded to the criticisms, both positive and negative.

I am also attaching a survey for you to complete if you are interested in participating in my study. I would greatly appreciate any commentary from you.

Juanita Salazar Lamb

Subject: "Our Lady" portrait
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 13:37:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Veronica Berry <>

     Just took a look at your "Our Lady."  Honestly, I was somewhat taken back by her adornment; as an African American christian with Catholic Hispanic, African, and Europeon friends, I have always thought of and seen "Our Lady" as a beautiful, modest, and holy lady. Your portrait appears more like a modern day carefree teen than the reverent madonna which my friends love so dearly.  If that was your intent, you accomplished it. 

     You are truly artistic and the above is my comment.

Roni Berry


Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 11:48:51 -0700
From: "Stephanie Ludt" <>

I enjoy your work and courage. Too often, people are unable to step outside their own world view and be able to appreciate a different view.

In our diverse culture, people need to appreciate and embrace differences, yet instead it is feared. Such a shame. When such fear is acted on, such as in censorship, it hurts everyone.

Stephanie Ludt