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Dia de los Muertos: “A Celebration of life and love”

Since much of my art is focused upon light on form, it should come as no surprise that I am attracted to Dia de los Muertos, where the parameter line in-between life and death becomes blurred. Shading doesn’t happen in the highlights or the core shadows, but in the spaces between them. A binary world seems less interesting than a fuzzy place where strange, unexpected things can happen. My work explores transitional spaces and limnal states; juxtopositons which lend themselves well to the theme of Dia de los Muretos.

#1 my work

Dia de los Muertos: "A Celebration of life and love" was curated by the talented Skye Amber Sweet. It is at the San Juan Capistrano library and will be there until the end of the month and has work by around a dozen different artists besides yours truly

#2 from the other side

The images I had on display were Renacimiento, Fatal Promise and Puesta de Sol

If you're interested in any of those pieces, click on the links to see their individual posts along with some omake, rough sketches and commentary...

#3 Aztec dancer

In addition to my work and the work of several other artists, they had these Aztec dancers who were so damn cool I was thinking to myself "I could watch these guys do this all day..."

#4 Aztec dancers

...little did I know they would accommodate me- they danced for hours!

#5 hot Aztec dancer

She was really hot, this snap just doesn't do her justice. I should find a better one...

#6 more Aztec dancers

and their headdresses were HUGE. I mean really big. So big I thought for sure they're going to start whacking eachother in the face, but somehow that never happened

#7 even more Aztec dancers

Okay, her headdress isn't all that big but she was definitely the hottest dancer there. Also, she was a talented dancer. Very precise movements...

#8 That hot dancer again

Okay, here's a better picture of her being hot. Sorry about the other one, it didn't do her justice. She had a cool outfit, tastefully understated

#9 mondo headdresses

I mean, just look at the size of those things! A couple of those dancers doubled their height. The fellow on the far left had an alligator head mounted on his headdress. I don't know if you can see it, but take my word for it... 

Photos by Lisa Isabella Russo

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