When you think about the year and how the months of May and October mirror twilight - that in between time of magic, the point where light and dark meet - it is so absolutely beautiful. You also begin to see how both these times of year celebrate life and death. May is the conception and October is the finality of life. So here we are at October, where we look into the dark and honor the lives of those past. Dia de los Muertos has always been one of my favorite days because it celebrates the way the Spanish honor the dead and celebrate in the only way Spanish people do - with vibrancy, music, food and reverence. I was invited to submit a one of a kind piece for the annual exhibition at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio and I was really excited with this invitation because it'd been awhile since I'd created a statement piece.
Of course I had to go back to one of my skulls, specifically the cat skull my mother gave me awhile back. And I used the bird bones as the necklace part as well as the cat jaw bone to adorn the necklace. I really wanted this piece to evoke awe and wonder at bones themselves and how they celebrate the dead by giving new life as adornment. I also used labradorite as the third eye piece, seeing into the soul and having far-sightedness into the future.
It really is an honor to submit this piece to the exhibition and if you are in the San Antonio area I hope you visit Equinox and see the exhibition and wonderful events they are hosting for this special celebration.