Today is the second day of the Mexican festival 'Dos de los muertos' - Day of the Dead. Rather than being as spooky as it sounds, it's actually a time to remember those who have passed on - children on the first day, and adults on the second. Skulls are a prominent symbol and symbolize both death and life - the Mexicans celebrate by making fantastically colourful shrines and special foods. You can find out loads about it if you Google it.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who used the symbology of skulls and skeletons in her work. She was an amazing woman and her work is thought-provoking and sometimes brutal, but for me very inspiring too. So I remember her today, and my grandparents - and also the lovely people who are still with me and bless my life.
|Thinking about Death (1943)|
Frida's artwork is available to be viewed at sites such as this one and I found the photo of Frida on the Library of Congress website, which looks like a huge resource for all sorts of images. And click here for what looks to be another good site for art research (it's where I found the self-portrait). Places to start your research if you so wish!