I’ve been working away! Sculpting, casting, painting, wrestling with flowers. I thought I’d do a little teaser of my thought process at least, so I’m sharing a mood sketch for my solo show in November. Muertitas inspired by the spectrum of colors during the harvest season.
Digi-sketching on the train is turning into something I really look forward to. When someone leans over and asks something about what I’m doing, I hope it’s quick, cause I just want to get back to playing with my drawings. The sounds of the wheels are soothing, and sometimes watching the scenery go by is enough.
The Dia De Los Muertos event yesterday at the Hollywood forever cemetary was incredible. I don’t think there is another venue that my Muertita heads can fit into so beautifully. It was such an honor to have their heads reverently perched in front of the Mausoleum graves, celebrating the beauty of life in the face of death. It was incredible. A special thank you to Xamanism for curating the show, taking care of payments, and making sure I was able to shake the hands of my Muertita’s new friends as they left to go to their new homes.
Not to mention, all of the Muertitas are sold! Which brings me to my next segment:
Am I Making More Muertitas?
Yes, I am making more! I have several more planned, inspired by elemental spirits of nature and bodies of water. Due to the amount of time each Muertita takes, and due to the fact I still have a full-time job, I am not in a place to take commissions at the moment. But believe me when I say it feels amazing to have so many requests!
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Thank you to everyone who came out, my friends and family who were able to show their support, partake in tamales and Pan De Muerto as we contemplated the sadness of loss but then ending up laughing for the joys of life. All while enjoying art and the Calavera faces in the crowd. It was beautiful, and I will do my best to be able to be a part of it every year if I can.
And now, some photos! (You can click here to see full album on mah flickr)
Muertita is my mixed media wall sculpture made of a list of materials, and here we go: styrofoam, paper maché, wire, clay, wood, acrylic, synthetic flowers, twine, pins, glue, sealant, screws, and lots of love. I actually enjoyed making this piece so much I will be making more soon, preparing for The Day Of The Dead! I just dropped off for this week’s CANOGA PARK ART WALK. This month’s theme is “Heads Will Roll”. Come visit, check out the food, the music, and the ART, and meet Muertita in person!