Dia de los Muertos Is No Longer a Celebration, 2020
Media: Watercolor on Aquaboard
Dimensions: 8” x 8”
"Dia de Los Muertos Is No Longer a Celebration" I painted this watercolor at the beginning of the pandemic, when in my home Austin, Texas - it became clear the magnitude of the crisis, and that it would take a long time for humanity to recover from it. I was born and grew up in México, where Dia de Los Muertos is a multi-day ancient celebration that defines us culturally and unites us spir-itually. As we started to learn about what we could do to prevent transmission of the disease, I thought of the pain people are going through, not only in loosing loved ones, but also by not being able to be with them in sickness and in death. People are now not able to be at the funerals of their loved ones, nor go to the cemeteries and honor their dead. Dia de los Muertos kept coming back to mind with each piece of news I read and heard. Out of this state of mind and heart, I started the watercolor. I confess I was scared of such project because there is very little room for mistakes painting with wa-tercolors. I painted in short sessions, so focused that I would be exhausted after a few minutes. I would put the painting away for several days. Then, continued to paint. May heart is in it, in that dancer en la Danza de la Muerte.