The Nurturer

El Nurtuerer

(The Nurturer)

Private collection

Welded steel. 86" tall. 2008

 

The Day of the Dead is a unique Mexican festival celebrating the reunion of dead relatives with their families.
Every year something unusual takes place in many areas of Mexico: Day of the Dead festivities. While it's strange for most of us to accept the fact that "death" and "festivities" can go hand-in-hand, for most people of Mexican heritage, the two are intricately entwined. This stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico (Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomí) who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living. This may seem morbid and somewhat ghoulish to those who are not part of that culture, but the celebration of the dead is joyful with festivities, ritual skeleton images, flowers, sweets, bread and remembrance of loved ones.