9.29.2011



"Day of the Dead" or "Día de los Muertos" is the Mexican holiday where family and friends gather together to remember those loved ones whom they have lost and to celebrate their lives. It takes place on November 1st and 2nd. We mostly know of this holiday from all of the brightly decorated sugar skulls and other folk art images of skeletons dancing and playing music.

This is my contribution to an upcoming "Day of the Dead" show in Michigan. I chose to take the Mariachi band as my subject matter and intertwine the color and design elements from both the Day of the Dead celebration along with other Mexican art and design elements.

This piece was created using a variety of papers as well as cardboard. There is actually a lot of white on white details that get lost in the photograph but something that I thought would add a nice texture and feel to the bones.

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8 Comments:

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Magnifico!!!

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger John T. Quinn 3rd said...

agreed!

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Daniel Woodling said...

Lovely sense of color and shape! Inspiring!

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger Tim Blair said...

Really brilliant piece, Ben! Great color styling, layering of textures, plus mustaches make for the instant need to celebrate. Cheers!

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Dorota said...

What a great piece!!,

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger sheena said...

I would really like your post ,it would really explain each and every point clearly well thanks for sharing.
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At 5:44 PM, Blogger LeDidole said...

This is amazing. I don't know much about the tradition itself but the image conveys a sense of partying and definitively not a creepy or sad moment of mourning!
I could see it as a glass painting !

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Jeff Harter said...

Probably my favorite so far Ben. Nice.

 

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