El Dia de los Muertos
These pieces are from a series on El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. This Mexican tradition dates back centuries and celebrates life through death and an honoring of those who have passed on. I have always been fascinated by the cycle of life and death, of birth and renewal in different forms.
The typical American view of death is shrouded in fear and denial and futile attempts to extend life at any cost. The Day of the Dead offers a better path, an acceptance that death is an unavoidable part of life and those who have died are never truly gone if they are remembered. It is better to laugh than cry about the Danse Macabre because everyone must pass through death’s door. What lies beyond is the greatest mystery of our lives.