Los Angeles Times
Sunday, July 1, 2001
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Lady Be Good
Regarding Gabriela Mafi's letter
(June 10) criticizing Alma Lopez's version of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
I find it interesting that
there are plenty of well-regarded works of art featuring semi-nude or nude
male religious figures (Michelangelo's David, numerous representations of
Christ, etc.), yet when an artist chooses to represent a female religious
figure with a bare belly, arms and legs, it is considered degrading and disrespectful.
Rather than direct so much
criticism at Lopez's work, perhaps we would do well to examine some of our
beliefs about what it means to be a woman and what is appropriate for women
in Western society. I think that is part of what the artist wanted to achieve
with this piece.