In her series of oil paintings and pen-and-ink drawings Alien Apostles, Tongva artist Katie Dorame reimagines the arrival of Spanish missionaries in California as an alien invasion. In her works, alien missionaries used baptism as a tool, baptizing neophytes with glowing green holy water, supernaturally branding them forever.
Alien Apostles: When missionaries landed on native California
Katie Dorame is an artist living in Oakland. Her work is currently on display at the Thacher Gallery's “Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary” at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe of California.
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Katie Dorame; Alien Apostles: When missionaries landed on native California. Boom 1 December 2015; 5 (4): 4–13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.4.4
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