The bereavement process in the United States can be dark, difficult, and lonely. When experienced through the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), however, death can be celebrated, shared, and part of a healthy healing process.
After the loss of my father in 2001, I could not handle his death in a healthy, mature way. Traveling to Central America and studying Spanish in college introduced me to the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, which changed the way I connected with grief. I began to let go of the agonizing pain of loss and began cherishing all the amazing experiences I’d shared with, and life lessons I’ve learned from my father.
I started making sugar-skull-inspired shadow boxes in early 2015 as a way to creatively express my admiration for Dia de Los Muertos. I use old cigar boxes, multimedia, and recycled material to create a compilation that expresses the delicate balance between life and death. Sizes, themes, and materials vary and all pieces are unique. I continue to create Mexican folk art in the hope of spreading knowledge and inspiring people to celebrate life, art, and history. My desire is to teach others, through the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, to rejoice in the past and not fear death or live with regret.
Each shadow box is unique and one-of-a-kind! If you’re interested in purchasing one, feel free to get in touch. I also commission custom boxes for personal orders.