Brazilian artist, Ana Smile owns a small company called Santa Blasphemy. The company's name couldn't fit more in the artist's vision as it describes in the best way her creations. As you could see at the pictures below, Smile transforms plaster religious statues by painting them into pop-culture icons such as Batman, Frida Kahlo, Catwoman, Captain Hopper, The Joker, Minnie Mouse etc..
And if you wonder if these artworks could go unnoticed by Catholics, of course, they didn't! Reportedly, angry emails from offended Catholics have been sent petitioning the local government to do something about the “blasphemous” paint jobs, but the government has not attempted to intervene. As a result, the artist 's Facebook and Instagram pages have been bombarded with furious and angry messages.
The artist has stated (with the help of Google Translate):
"So it frustrates me so much this whole brouhaha in recent days. The pieces were created as decorative items. It has nothing to do with religion." Continuing, she isn't discouraged by the offensive comments and will keep going with her projects. " I’m so bogged down from people interested in buying and know the work positively that the last thing I’ll do is read this petition. "