Monday, November 14, 2011

Artistic altar dedicated to lost loves

Day 14 of Art Every Day Month

Altar Photos2
(above) My great-grandma Reyes and aunt Josie
Halloween grandparents
(above) My grandma Edna and grandpa Joe on Halloween.

As you may have noticed from previous posts, the Dia de los Muertos tradition has greatly inspired my art and outlook. This year I painted my face and participated in a Day of the Dead celebration in San Francisco. This is my first altar and I look forward to creating more in the years to come.

This altar also served as an interesting display for some of the art I featured at our Campa Creatives party on saturday. My grandma Rosemary contributed some photos to the altar, as well as my little sister Makayla, who lost her buddy, Daisy recently. I also had a green ceramic vase displayed, which was handmade by my artistic grandma, Edna, who passed away when I was a baby.

To me, the altar is a very satisfying dedication to these wonderful people who have passed. They are a part of my history, part of the story of who I am. By creating an artistic display, I feel like I am creating a visual representation of who these people were and what they mean to me and my family.

More pictures from the party can be found here.


Gwen said...

A wonderful way to remember and to show the memorablia you have collected. We say good bye to so many people..don't you wish they all could stay?
Did you make those little rings; are they rings? They are sweet whatever they are:)
Gwen xx

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful way to remember loved ones and honor them!



reinelrose said...

Thank you! I think it is a great tradition! Gwen: I made rings, earrings, and bracelets. I'll probably post the rings up online soon to get rid of them if you're interested ;)