This artwork was inspired by marigold (cempasúchitl), which come in vibrant orange and yellow colors. The colors and flowers are a significant part of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. The petals of marigolds are sprinkled on the ground to help guide the spirits home, and are left as gifts on shrines, graves, and altars. Orange represents the sun and yellow symbolizes the light and also death. The happy and bright colors of marigolds are a way to celebrate life instead of being bitter about death. The flowers also remind us of the fragility of life.
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Marigolds, View 1
Marigolds, View 2
Marigolds, View 3
Marigolds, View 4
Marigolds, View 5
Mosaic tesserae include a variety of hand cut layered orange and yellow stained glass (opaque, iridescent, and transparent), and unique opaque yellow blown glass fragments, created by glass artist, Robert Burch.
The smaller substrate is handmade and features a soft yellow/orange matte paint dry-brushed technique. It is stacked onto lightweight Hydro Ban®️ Board substrate that has been textured and colored black.
14 inches by 14 inches.