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Handmade Folk Art with a modern contemporary twist--Unique Day of the Dead Skulls...Handmade Linocut Print Cards...Custom Memorial Skulls...Wedding Skulls..Recycled Art...Paper Mache...
How the Whistling Skull Was Born
As an undergrad studying anthropology, I journeyed to Guatemala to learn more about their culture. Around the same time, I met and married the love of my life, an artistic personality born in Mexico. A self-taught artist myself, I delved into the artistic traditions of both countries. Mexico introduced me to the Days of the Dead celebration, during which colorful skulls decorate even the most mundane or elaborate spaces. I love the idea of celebrating the connection that remains intact between the dead and the living. Guatemala introduced me to the idea of the flower over the mouth of the dead, a tradition they lament, for many of their loved ones remain 'missing' after decades of civil war.
Thinking of these things and the sylized images they inspire in both countries, I began to paint a bisque skull at a pottery studio where I was employed; at one point, a child artist pointed out from across room "That skull looks like its whistling at me!" And the whistling skull was born.
Also as a result of my studies in anthropology, I am an ardent recycler, and I repurpose everything I can. In my art, this translates as hesitation to create something non-utilitarian; but I found my caveat: I can create for art's sake when I'm saving something from being thrown away. Paper mache is the perfect medium for this philosophy.
Paper mache skulls have become my canvas. As each series of whistlers is created and adopted by collectors, I design new skull designs to add balance to my portfolio.
Each skull is created by layering paper mache over a ceramic mold. After the paper mache has dried a bit, I cut the paper skull partially in order to remove it from the mold, then I use another layer of paper mache to seal the cut. Each skull is then handpainted with acyrlic paint.
I love creating custom skulls; when people want to have a skull made, it is always to celebrate love. And I take that love and translate it into a paper and paint sculpture. Whether a skull to memorialize your passed loved ones, or hundreds to celebrate the unlove of a marriage, I am honored to share the whistling skull with you!
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Danielle Valdes Jimenez
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico it is almost required that I be an artist. My style has always been colorful and mystical, but it was my education in anthropology and subsequent experiences in Guatemala that inspired my unique skull designs.
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