We made it to DC with 3 of the CALAVERAS…slight problem with one of the boxes jamming the security x-ray machine leaving El Paso, but after that it was smooth going. Looking forward to the DC promo event tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last few days….Hoping to be making a lot of those special prints. Have a great day everyone!
Truly inspiring day today. Five hours in the production studio with videographer and sound-master TONY DUENEZ working on the Kickstarter video. Tony and I have collaborated on countless projects, and having him involved with this project is both a blessing and a pleasure. Looking to submit the Kickstarter campaign for approval on Tuesday. Stay posted…
PROJECT UPDATE; Very exciting step forward with the project today. We have entered into a very promising dialog with the MEXICAN CONSULATE, discussing the possibility of the 2013 premier of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, being part of the 2013 cultural affairs calendar with the consulate. Submitting a prospectus on Monday, which will be reviewed by the general council in Mexico City. Once approved, the 15 installations of HERMOSOS HUESOS, would be scheduled to move into the consulate gallery space, immediately following the exhibits premier showing in a location TBD. Going to bed tonight with a tremendous sense of appreciation, gratitude and optimism. The universe continues to bless this project.
One of the graphics for the REWARDS portion of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Kickstarter campaign is complete. The “She Lives” graphic will be used on the official HERMOSOS HUESOS T-shirt, as well as a printed art piece. The HERMOSOS HUESOS Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to launch November 2, 2012…..DIA DE LOS MUERTOS!
11 hours, 7 people, 3 locations…Amazing day of shooting footage, photography and narrative for the KICKSTARTER video. Thank you Jim Billings, Tony Duenez, Joe Barela, Alejandra Helm, Bill Helm and Edgar Lopez.
LA NOVIA INVIERNO; Complete installation. Approximately 80″ tall. Wood, re-purposed aluminum, recycled metal, newspaper, bedpost, twigs, re-cycled fabric and clothing, recycled glass bottle, vintage earrings, vintage bridal bouquet pieces, flowers from scrap fabic, braided string scrap and re-cycled wire, re-cycled aluminum foil, re-used aluminum pie plates, seashells. — with jim billings, alejandra helm and tony duenez at Las Cruces, NM.
Making “something” out of “nothing” has been a lifelong skill, 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 was very familiar with, and my mother’s ability to see the beauty and POTENTIAL in almost anything is actually a genetic trait 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 we, as students, would hon our skills on. So again, utilizing that ability to create from what is available, served me well.
As we move into the age where SUSTAINABILITY, RE-CYCLING, RE-PURPOSING, ETC ETC…..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 HUESOS HERMOSOS 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