|Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva (photo by Paul Misciagno)|
|"Titan's Dance" by Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva|
Saraiva's altar contains fresh flowers, lit candles and shelves with smaller artworks. Beyond the altar is a 20-foot wall filled with her paintings and the mixed-media assemblages that have become one of her primary passions. The assemblages are made from found items including bones, skeleton keys, clocks and parts from disassembled dolls, vintage lamps and a wooden rolling foot massager. She particularly likes things that look weathered and have history.
While many of the works were Day of the Dead-inspired, they have other meanings too, Saraiva assures. Continue reading Arterpillar's story on Detourbutterfly n the Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section.