I am an artist born and raised in San Francisco. I have recently moved to San Diego via Orange County. That experience I will save for another day. For now I am so excited that it is Halloween time! I only recently discovered Dias De Los Muertos, a much more earthy holiday than Halloween. When I adorn my white skulls with pretty beads and glitter they come to life.
To me the skulls and baked breads are more comfort than novelty. I work on Dias De Los Muertos almost everyday in my art. I love making my little white skulls come to life. I also enjoy educating people about Dia De Los Muertos.
Latinos only recently have become scared of death, here in America. In almost all of our cultures death is a part of life. A celebration that happens even when our physical bodies are gone. We remember our dead with altars of pictures and stories,music and flowers. Beautiful Marigolds adorn each altar with their sweet perfume, beckoning our dearly departed to come join us on November 1, Dia de Los Muertos.
by Jeanine Magaña