The HERMOSOS HUESOS Project began several years ago as mixed-media artist Wayne Hilton started crafting intricate calaveras (skeletons), inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos, and specifically, “La Calavera Catrina” (elegant skeleton) by illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada. As an homage to the centennial anniversary of Posada’s death, the project has grown into an extensive, and elaborately detailed exhibition, consisting of 13 individual installations and book.
Each installation combines themes from Posada’s work, as well as ideas, experiences and techniques unique to the artist. The skeleton figures themselves stand approximately 14 inches tall, but the free-standing installations, consisting of a creative environment and case in which the figure is displayed, can be up to 7 feet in height. The pieces are made out of all recycled and reclaimed materials.
Public Benefit of the Project
The HERMOSOS HUESOS Project has already been invited by the SRE-Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Mexican Consulate) to premier the work at the Consulate Gallery space in downtown El Paso, TX, on November 2, 2013. They view the work as a positive attribute to border relations, and recognize the value in the cross cultural references of the pieces.
The project has also been presented to the Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institution, and upon completion, is being considered for exhibition as part of the museums’ Dia de Los Muertos programming.
After the premier of the project in November of 2013, the 13 pieces of the project will begin a 36 month tour of museums and cultural institutions, celebrating Posada’s legacy of creating over 20,000 works in his lifetime, and bringing awareness to the many forms of creative expression his work has inspired.