HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones); Art Exposition + Book
HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones); Art Exposition + Book
Recycled materials give life to CATRINA, female skeleton icon of "Dia de Los Muertos". A 15-piece ART EXPOSITION + BOOK.
Recycled materials give life to CATRINA, female skeleton icon of "Dia de Los Muertos". A 15-piece ART EXPOSITION + BOOK. Read more
About this project
DC TRIP INSPIRES NEW REWARDS!
As we took several of our CATRINA figures on a photo shoot around our nations capitol, people's response and reaction to seeing them was noting less than INCREDIBLE! At moments, we had crowds gathered around us, watching us place the pieces around the historic landmarks and capture these great images. Because of this, we are adding a very special CALENDAR reward, as well as several other great rewards that will be available in time for the holidays. Also, ANY contribution to the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project can be made on behalf of someone as a gift, and we will send your designee a special HERMOSOS HUESOS holiday card, acknowledging the contribution you made for them, as well as detailing the rewards they will be receiving.
"State of the Arts" Interview with NPR affiliate KTEP, El Paso 88.5
Saturday, 12/1 11:30am MST
"...individually and collectively, the body of work in the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project will be a homage to the many creative expressions Posada's work has inspired."
At his death, on January 20, 1913, Jose Guadalupe Posada was essentially a forgotten and penniless man. Though his work was recognized by artists such as Jean Charlot and Diego Rivera, and muralist Jose Clemente Orozco, his impact on the iconic images associated with the “Dia de Los Muertos” holiday are what have defined his legacy. In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Posadaʼs death, the HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones) Project is intended to serve as an homage to the artist and the over 20,000 graphics, woodcuts and illustrations he created during his lifetime. Like the many contemporary interpretations of Posadaʼs calaveras (skeletons), HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones) will be a prolific, 3- dimensional acknowledgment of his work, memorializing his art and bringing a new recognition to his iconic figure, “La Calavera Catrina”.
As mentioned in the video, the 15 figures (Catrinas) for each of the installations in the exposition are complete, and one full installation "LA NOVIA DE INVIERNO" (The Winter Bride), is complete. The $45,000 funding goal of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Kickstarter campaign, has been budgeted to successfully complete the remaining 14 installations, and concurrently produce the accompanying book. The funds would be used specifically for the following;
1) TO PURCHASE A LASER CUTTER (The machine used for creating the intricate detailing, as seen on the exterior of the finished piece)
2) TO PURCHASE THE ELEMENTS, MATERIALS and SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR COMPLETING THE ENVIRONMENTS and CASES FOR THE 14 REMAINING INSTALLATIONS.
3) FOR THE EDITORIAL, PHOTOGRAPHIC and DESIGN SUPPORT OF DEVELOPING THE BOOK
4) FOR PRODUCING THE REWARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FUNDING CAMPAIGN
If we exceed the $45,000 funding goal of the Kickstarter campaign, the additional funding will go immediately towards the design and development of the protective shipping and transportation crates for the exhibit. One of the critical challenges of an exhibit of this nature, is the safe transporting of the pieces. Between the 15 installations, there will be an estimated 100 plus individual pieces. By starting to develop these protective cases, we will be getting ahead on our goal of making the pieces ready and available to travel, making the works accessible to more people, sooner rather then later.
The intention for the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, which is comprised of the 15 installations (and book) described in the video, is to be a body of work that is available to MUSEUMS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS and EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. As an exhibit and cultural experience, it will expose a diverse cross-section of patrons to the many aspects of the cultural and design references of the pieces. There will be a premier of the works, scheduled for November 2, 2013, which will be exclusively for the supporters and backers who contributed to the funding of the project. I am currently in discussions with the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Mexican Consulate), at the possibility of the 15 pieces moving directly into the consulate gallery space following the premier. Ultimately, the 15 installations will be housed at a MUSEUM or CULTURAL INSTITUTION, where they will reside between engagements and be available for public display.
I have been working on the individual figures (Catrinas) for the last eighteen months. The full installation was started approximately four months ago, so it would be completed in time to show supporters of the project an example of what one of the full installations would look like. The last two months of the project have been devoted primarily to developing the rewards for the supporters of the campaign.
Making “something” out of “nothing” has been a lifelong skill of mine, starting with the childhood experiences of my family’s antique, vintage clothing and costume shop. ”Second hand”, “yard sale” and “thrift store” were all terms I grew up with, and my mother’s ability to see the beauty and POTENTIAL in almost anything, is a skill that passed directly to me. I would ultimately get my degree in costume design, and anyone that knows academic theatre, knows there are never big budgets for producing the shows that students hon their skills on. So again, utilizing the ability to create from what is available, was a necessity.
As we move into the age where SUSTAINABILITY, RE-CYCLING and RE-PURPOSING have become catch phrases and trendy practices, for me…it’s like the rest of the world is finally catching on. The combination of upbringing, eduction, and personal preference, had already made me an artist (and citizen) whose go-to resource was the dumpster…or at least the thrift store! Finally…people are understanding the value of utilizing found objects, starting with the fundamental palette of “what’s there” versus just purchasing and consuming what’s presumably “needed”. Taking all that into account, it was natural, almost necessary, that HERMOSOS HUESOS be built on this fundamental practice of utilizing found objects. Taking it a step further, there is also a metaphoric relationship between giving new life to somewhat “dead” materials, and the fact that the core inspiration of the work comes from a celebration of the dead. Regardless of the metaphors and trends, it just feels “right” to re-use, period.
Taking into account my over twenty years of creative, professional experience, my artistic skill-set is extensive. The intention behind the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, has been to create a body of work that utilizes the full range of what I have learned over the years. If you examine the work and break down the techniques involved, you will see; sewing, flat patterning, draping, painting, sculpture, beading, fabric and paper manipulation, millinery work, braiding and weaving, paper mache’, wood work, tin work, construction, and the list goes on... Being able to tap into these skills has been both exhilarating and motivating. ARTISTS; Never underestimate the value of a SKILL…you never know when it will be a tremendous asset to your current work.
Writing and creating the book about this project has to happen simultaneously with the creation of the project itself. An account of the project, in print, will make the project available to more people. Because of the level of INTRICATE detail in the pieces, they photograph beautifully, and deserve this type of representation. Also, people need to see the PROCESS, not just the finished result. I think showing people how the pieces are created, and giving people an understanding of the background going into the pieces, will enhance the experience. Also, when you look at Posada’s work, it was almost always related to some form of written word; newspaper, magazine, periodical, even sheet music. One of the elements in my work is printed text (recycled newspapers, magazins, maps, etc), so it seems natural that a book would come out of the overall effort.
One of the defining qualities in the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, is the intricate level of DETAILING and FINISH that is seen in all the pieces. The intention behind the development of the rewards for supporters of the project, was to create things that would give people the "sense" or "feeling" of this level of detail.
With this in mind, I have created a black and white illustration inspired by the piece "DULCE CAUTIVERIO" (Sweet Captivity), and several of the rewards are based on this illustration. There is also a photographic print, a laser-cut art piece, a commemorative poster for the 2013 event premier, the book itself, and invitations to a special reception, prior to the premier of the exhibit which is for ALL supporters of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project.
Risks and challenges
LOST OBJECTS/FOUND ART- One of the most rewarding aspects of creating the HUESOS HERMOSOS project, ironically, is also one of the most challenging; THE MATERIALS. By working with re-cycled and reclaimed elements, gone is the convenience of being able to have easy and regular access to what is needed to create the pieces. Conversely, this is also part of the beauty of the exhibit. As I mention in most every thing I have written and said about the project, many times the materials "inform" the piece. This relationship between the materials and the pieces is the one of the core elements that drives the project. It's a very organic process that is both challenging, and gratifying.
THINKING FORWARD- If and when we exceed the funding goal for completing the project, my intention is to channel that additional money directly into the design, development and production of the "containers" that will house, and ultimately, transport the pieces. Each of the 15 installations will be made up of many components, and being able to safely store and transport these components is of critical importance. By developing this aspect of the project ASAP, we will again be making the exhibit accessible to more institutions, sooner then later. I mention this now, because I see this as one of the challenges for the exhibit, once it's complete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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