I like to have a play around and branch out a little from my usual style of work.
My sister introduced me to the sugar skull. I didn’t know much about them, but I seem to see them everywhere now! When she told me the meaning behind them I thought it was pretty cool! They represent the celebration of life and to honour the loss of your loved ones. So that is why they are filled with bright bold colours.
This is cultural tradition in Mexico.
They believe that on midnight October 31st the children spirits reunite for 24 hours and on November 2nd, the adult spirits come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
As Mexico is abundant in sugar but was too poor to buy fancy imported church decorations, they made clay moulds from sugar figures such as the bright bold sugar skulls to represent the departed soul. So there for, the sugar skull reflects the folk style of big happy smiles and colorful decorations. The tradition going as far back as the 18th century.
I get really inspired by tradition and I love to paint with purpose and meaning. So I wanted to produce some pieces by decorating the skulls with significant meaning that makes life abundant and happy, or memories that I want to remember through art.
People may see skulls as a scary or morbid thing, but viewed in a different light they can make an interesting and quite a popping piece of art!