Mexican Folk Art; Sugar Skull

Intro to the project

For this project we were supposed to create a sugar skull that has a meaning to us. During this project we learned about Mexican folk art. Folk Art is the artistic creations made by peasant, indigenous people or craftsmen with no formal artistic training. Our sugar skull should've had a representation of us or something with a meaning for us. On November 1st Mexicans celebrate a holiday known as Dia de los Muertos also known as Day of the Dead here in the United States. On this holiday many people are known to have a sugar skull. For those who may not know what a sugar skull is, its a representation of a departed soul, usually has the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particularspirit.

Research on Mexican folk art/ sugar skulls

For this project i tried to include as much details as i can. Our sugar skull is a sculpture that we created out of paper mache'. For my sugar skull wanted it to have a form so it can look as realistic as possible. On my sugar skull i tried to include as much pattern and also include a lot of repetition in design, I was going towards having a symmetrical skull. By that i mean i wanted my sugar skull one side of it to look identical as the other side.

Inspiration for this Project

On this project for my theme i tried to use my Mexican culture as my inspiration for this project. I included many things that i personally love in this sugar skull project. My sugar skull is very similar to the common to what a traditional sugar skull looks like but it has my own twist to it. My project isn't dedicated to anyone, its more of my interpretation of what a sugar skull is. I learned a lot about traditional Mexican folk art and sugar skulls and i personally found it very interesting. I had a lot of fun doing this project. My project is different from the others because for my project i brought up my Mexican roots into this and i put my own favorable designs. Not everyone has the same interests and likes as me and that's OK because at the end of the day i do my project with my own interests not theirs.