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Kirsty Charlton

MA Fine Art | Class of 2020

My work is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead also known as Día de los Muertos. It’s a two day celebration and has been dated back to an Aztec festival for a god whose name translates to Lady of the Dead. I wanted to bring their beliefs and celebrations into the everyday life by incorporating elements from the festival such as bright colours, for instance, the orange of the Marigolds that they use for a pathway for their loved one’s spirit to follow home. Death is a natural thing and the Mexicans view Day of the Dead, not as a day of sadness but for a day to reminisce about the life that their loved one lived. They believe that their loved one’s spirit joins in their festivities. I want to show people there is more than one way to mourn, it doesn’t have to be sad. Remember them for the life they lived not the life they lost.

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