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Beaded Skulls- Day of the Dead

Kevin September 26th, 2011

When the orange flowers on the mountain beging to bloom you know that the day of the dead is just around the corner.  It is actually a harvest ceremony where the indigenous people have for hundreds if not thousands of years given thanks to the fruit that matures or dies and falls from the tree. 

For most in Western civilization the whole adoration of skulls and skeletons may seem a bit odd but it actually stems from pragmatism and makes perfect sense.  Ones soul last for ever and when the flesh is gone all that is left is ones bones hence the soul is thought to reside in the bones.  During the conquest the Spanish tried to convert the indigenous and tought them all about the holy trinity and angels.  Shaman scratched their heads because they could converse with their god’s but couldn’t see the Spanish angels the conquistadors spoke of.

Today, over 500 years after the ‘Conquest’ of Mexico the Day of the Dead and its traditions are very much alive in Mexico.  In the comming weeks we will feature a number of pieces of contemporary folk art that show the day of the dead is still used today to reflect ones ancient beliefs in today’s modern world.

Mario Saulo Moreno- Master Paper Mache and Wire Artist

Kevin August 28th, 2010

Deep in the mountains of Michoacan near the border of the state of Mexico is a magical village that has become very famous for its folk art.  The artists of Tlapujahua, Michoacan draw their inspirations from the surrounding nature and ancient traditions that this village clings too.

Mario Moreno is the sone of Saulo Moreno one of the grandmasters of the day of the dead paper mache figures.  His whimsical sculptures bring skeletons back to life.  Day of the dead in Mexico is a time for reflection, to remember loved ones who have passed on.  We remember the good times, laugh about adventure and expirences and so it is not a morbid ceremony of death but rather a way of celebrating life.

Luis Castro

Kevin May 16th, 2010

Luis Castro's latest masterpiece

After almost a year dealing with some personal problems, Luis Castro is back and better than ever.  Sometimes one needs to take a step back and evaluate where you are going.  The time off definately did not hurt Luis’ work as he still has that special touch that seperates his work from just about everyone else.