dia de los muertos

In art on September 28, 2009 at 6:03 am


the reason there is such a rush on this new blog… i submitted an entry for the dia de los muertos exhibition at the phoenix library and my altar made the cut! seriously i am super excited about this. i have always wanted to do this and now.. here i am. problem #1 i have 30 days to fabricate this altar from the ground up… problem #2 there are only 24 hours in a day, i have a full-time job, two small kids and several side gigs… am i crazy? yes, but besides that i am ready to get started. so the first mission of this new blog… to document the progression of this project. for those of you who don’t know the history of this holiday… here’s the short story. this is an ancient aztec holiday that celebrated loved ones and family members that had passed on. it was believed that the dead just kind of kept going in the after life but in a sort of different way… so that is why you see mexican folk art depicting skeletons doing regular everyday stuff. that is the fun part of the holiday, but it is taken seriously and it is a time for families to deal with loss in a positive way… something we stuffy americans sometimes have a hard time with. so… my alter. well it won’t look too traditional. i am using 19th century momento mori photographs as my inspiration. what are those? … these are photographs that were taken right at death or right after death. i know creepy and some of them are… but in this age of digital photography we forget that at one time having your photo take was expensive and it took a long time to expose the medium so you had to sit super still…so let’s just a very sick or not so alive person would make the best subject. anyways, these photos are very beautiful and frankly filled with raw emotions so that’s where i am coming from with that… so stay tuned i will be posting pics of my progress…

  1. I’ll be very interested to follow your progress! How exciting.

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