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Art of the Dead
A Documentary
and other videos about Dia De Los Muertos Art

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Logan Demas All is One
Logan Demas, artist at All is One Tattoo.
Albuquerque, NM.


An ongoing multi-media documentary project about the rising
popularity of Dia de los Muertos art in the United States.


Art of the Dead
A six minute documentary exploring the rising
popularity of Dia de los Muertos art in the United States.




Time Lapse Video: Sugar Skull Tattoo
Artist Profile: Logan Demas




Skelita Calaveras
Now here is a true testament that Dia de los Muertos
(and all spooky, macabre art forms, in fact)
are gaining mainstream popularity throughout the
United States.

Mattel has released a line of dolls for little girls
called Monster High Dolls. They are the daughters of monsters,
like Frankenstein and Dracula. In this video is Skelita Calaveras,
the Day of the Dead themed doll. Music by Attaboy and Burke.





This idea began in the summer of 2010 as an interpretation of
a school assignment. Since then we have filmed segments in both New Mexico and
Pennsylvania, and hope one day to document this art form all across
the country.

We are grateful for all of the awesome people we have met so far
along the way, and are very excited about watching this project evolve.

This Project is 100% Collaborative.
Our favorite thing about this project is that we are learning such
amazing things from people. If you care to share your thoughts, artwork,
stories, photos, or anything else, please email us at kamiomedia@gmail.com




Artist and Expert Responses:

Joan Ritchie - Peaceable Kingdom Global Folkart and Gifts
Providence, RI
      The American approach to death in the last 30 - 40 years has shifted to more of a celebration of the life which is deeply understood by the Mexican holiday. The taboos of even speaking about death have lifted and the ceremonies and caskets and burial decisions have changed.
      Next (and to me the most important shift) the exposure to kids in schools, museums, parties, workshops has really increased. We have sugar skull workshops in our shop in October and the increase in interest is notable as is the different audiences. We have been in business almost 32 years and in the beginning, the appreciation was limited to travelers, more educated and open people; others dismissed the art as frightening or Grateful Dead stuff (drugs). Now it is so common for suburban vans to drive up and ask about sugar skull molds. More and more kids are studying Spanish and it is an easy, fun introduction to a different culture. Videos and art projects are ready made and teachers do not have to invent them. I have also noted a greater use of skeletons and bones in TV programs for adults and kids so maybe there is more comfort with the form (which has its own elegance and beauty and is irresistible and begs for adornment). And when these kids who have fallen in love with the form, learned a little about the cultural background, grow up, many want to be outside the box with wedding planning and are attracted to the theme.
      There has been increased travel not only to Mexico (which has been damaged by the recent drug problems) but also to the southwest, and parts of Texas and Louisiana where the art is everywhere. This moves the art form up a few notches and validates it as something to appreciate.
      Lastly, the endless cleverness and humor that consistently comes from artists (who so often lead the way) have made many smile, laugh and tell others.


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Richard Green - Artist - Las Cruces, NM
      El Dia de los Muertos is so much more interesting than Halloween, which has become so one-dimensional. And it is so visual and colorful--who cold not be entranced by it?

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Richard Green Kamio Media

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Lola Barb - Artist - Albuquerque, NM
      As for why it has become so popular in the United States, I would say that we are confronted on a daily basis by the news media, with so much death and violence (international wars, drug war, gang wars..etc.) that we look for ways to cope with it all. The idea that our deceased love ones are somehow just on the other side of the wall from us, is extremely comforting. The holiday is a celebration. It is a way of keeping the ones we loved and have passed away, still a part of our lives. I think of it as a sort of lighthearted way of dealing with death.
      In Mexico and other places, people go to the cemetery on Dia de los Muertos and have picnics among the tombstones. That is what gave me the idea for my Break Bread with the Dead, mix and match, Luncheonette set. I think it is good to bring a little levity to such a serious subject.





Featured Artists of the Moment:

Analee Fuentes
Oregon
Click here to check out her website.

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Analee Fuentes Kamio Media

Brandon Maldonado
Click here to go to his website.

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Brandon Maldonado Kamio Media

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Brandon Maldonado Kamio Media

Al Molina
Corpus Christi, TX
Click here to check out his stuff on
Fine Art America.


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Heather Calderon
Hollywood, FL
Click here to check out her stuff on
Fine Art America.


Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Heather Calderon Kamio Media           Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Heather Calderon Kamio Media           Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Heather Calderon Kamio Media



Places that have helped us get this
project off the ground:


ALL IS ONE
Check out their website here.

We have been working with All is One Tattoo and Design for a while, and they
have helped us out immensely in getting this project started.

Art of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Logan Demas All is One Tattoo Sugar Skulls Kamio Media
Logan Demas - All is One




MASKS Y MAS



Masks Y Mas was one of the first places to grant us an interview.
Since then they have been incredibly helpful and accommodating,
and we are immensely grateful for Kiko and everyone elso over there.
Click here to check out their website.