Sugar Skull Sculpture

Anitra Harris

Background Information

Mexican Folk Art has a big influence on my project. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month I have decided to create a sugar skull. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15- October 15. In Mexican Folk Art there is a thing called Day of the Dead. In Spanish it is El dia de los muertos. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Mexican American holiday. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. During this holiday the graves of loved ones are decorated. Sugar skulls are made to honor departed souls.

My Sugar Skull

My Inspiration

In celebration of Day of the Dead I have dedicated my sugar skull to my late grandmother. My grandmother passed away when I was only five years old. Even though I was young when she passed, I knew her very well. I remember the times we spent together and all the moments we shared.I would like to dedicate this skull to her to show her that I love and miss her very much. My mother has even told me that I remind her of my grandmother because we are alike in so many ways. She was a beautiful person from the inside out. She touched the lives of many people.

What I did

The skull is teal because she died from ovarian cancer and teal is the color of ovarian cancer. Her lips are red because she wore red lipstick to church and her teeth are showing because she was almost smiling and showing them off. The eyes on the skull are brown because she had pretty brown eyes. The background is a stained glass window. I chose the background to be a stained glass window because she was always at church and she loved the church and her religion. The black on the side of the window represents night and how at night the windows glow. The gold at the top and bottom of the window represent the light that shines into the window during the day. I have also included her name at the top of the window to show how she was dedicate to the church. Her birth date and death date are at the bottom of the window. The patterns and designs in her face represent her morals, values, the things she did, and the things she was. The dots represent the people she met and the lives she touched.