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Reliquary for a Frog Prince
Reliquary for a Frog Prince
Acrylic paint on papier-mâché and basswood and wire
10.5” x 4.25” x 2.5”

I was told that in Peru, locals kill frogs to use in smoothies for strength and virility. Skeptical, I researched this to find that indeed the traditional Jugo de Rana recipe is sold and consumed daily in Lima, utilizing the endangered Lake Titicaca amphibian, Telmatobius Coleus. I connected this with the belief among the Aymara tribe of Peru and Bolivia that frogs and toads are considered spirits of rain. The raindrops in Reliquary for a Frog Prince are filling the lakes and replenishing the lost environments of these Andean creatures; they are also frog tears and torn flesh. The association of the Grimms Brothers’ fairy tale of the Frog Prince is underscored in the unattainable crown placed outside of the box form: this frog will not become the strong and virile prince of legend. Finally, juxtaposed with the frog imagery, on the reverse of the piece, the quote by Saint Angela da Foligno refers to the mystic qualities of a self-reflective struggle: “I did not love you in fun, I never left you in solitude.”