Aris Dervis 2002
was a beautiful December afternoon in 2001. I was walking around the West
Village in a newly decimated New York City. Although the weather was glorious,
the despair was palpable. I stopped in front of a shop and looked in the
window. Sparkling in the sunlight was a pint bottle filled with herbs,
charms, paper money, and the icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was a week
before her feast day of December 12.
I had been collecting Buddhas, Orishas, Saints and statues of spiritual
figures all my life. When I saw the pint bottle amulet I wondered how
to justify buying it and bringing it into my overcrowded apartment. The
Spirits were already vying for what little space there was. It was then
that the proverbial electric light bulb went off. Why not give each statue
the tribute of a glamour portrait?
Luckily, I was married to photographer Aris Dervis. He could do the project
justice. It was in that moment that ServingSpirits.com was born.
Almost one hundred images later, and with many more planned, we continue
to locate sacred icons and return them to a contemporary audience. We
offer them as framed prints, t-shirts, greeting cards and candles.
Murray has been working as an astrologer and Tarot reader in Manhattan
since 1980. She also designs Tarot decks.
Aris Dervis is a photographer and graphic designer whose work has been
exhibited in New York and Japan.
They welcome suggestions for new shrines as well as commissions for your