Sugar Skull Altar - #2 - "Under The Influence" - 8" x 8" x .75"
This altar represents the influence of Mexican culture on my West Texas upbringing. The turquoise color and associated gemstone is common in the desert southwest. The red and white are colors from the Texas flag. The aluminum accents are inspired by Mexican tin art. The leather sugar skull is a joyful integration of both cultures.
Made with wood cradle board, encaustics, lasered and tooled aluminum beer can (St. Arnold's Texas beer, summer edition on the back side... cheeky), stamped and hand-tooled sugar skull, wire, and stone.
My mixed media series of mini altars represents many of my internal desires, affinities, personal growth direction, and life goals.
I am currently experiencing a great deal of change personally and professionally. I chose to incorporate sugar skulls as a way to focus on personal reflection, as well as a symbol to look forward to positivity and transformation.
For me, the sugar skulls represent facets of my spirituality and personality, and are not intended to be associated with any organized religion. They also represent reflection on the past and allow me to invite new experiences.
Artist retains all copyright.