Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos
This is a progress shot of my shrine for a friend of mine that was killed 10 years ago during a drug deal. Steve Hornbaker and I were a couple of art geeks in high school. We often painted together for hours and dreamed dreams of being professional artists one day. I went on to pursue that dream, and Steve found a love of heroin.
He tried to scam a street dealer in North Philadelphia... tried driving away without paying for his junk. Six shots later, Steve was dead behind the wheel of his car.
I was given the chance to create this piece by Tracy at the Shenandoah Arts Council. She's putting on a Dia de los Muertos show by the 21st. I need to finish building the wooden marionette skeleton artist as he paints the portrait of Steve looking into the mirror 4"x5" acrylic on a mini easel that is still to be made. The entire piece is currently a black poplar box with three compartments upon which, the skull is to be mounted. The skull's eyes will show the two lower compartments with votive candles. The larger opening will show the skeleton painting in the studio. the entire piece is to be ringed with dried mums.
The piece is accompanied by a written piece of prose called "Requiem for Steven Hornbaker". I'll post that with the final photos of the finished piece within the next week.