From the pen of the Black Calavera

In follow up to yesterday’s Tat Tues discussion regarding sugar skull popularity, we had planned to offer an essay explaining their significance today.  However, while researching the web we came across this article from our kindred-blogger, Black Calavera. It is an excellent place to begin delving into the phenomena of the decorated skull’s rise in popularity. Enjoy and Many thanks to Black Calavera-DD


1/6/12 – Our Exquisite Corpse: Interview with Catherine Martin by Lilli Heinemann

The other day a friend asked me why are the Mexican sugar skulls so popular? This was a very interesting question and I began to actually think why are the Mexican skulls popular? Are they popular within the Western culture? I typed in Mexican sugar skulls and fashion into Google images, which displayed  very colourful, beaded skulls from artist Catherine Martin.

According to Lilli Heinemann from the LN-CC website, Catherine Martin’s was inspired from her visit to Mexico and the artist began to create ‘paper masche’ skulls, which were combined with different styles or decorations. Martin was also interested in beads, which were then combined with the shape of the skull.

In an interview with Catherine Martin, the artist discusses her own brand also known as “All Exclusive corpse”, which also invites other artists to create different different…

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