I acquired this collection in 2004. Viva Ebay! There are small items placed around the edges of these works called milagros (usually translated as "miracle"). They are essentially good luck charms. Each one has a different meaning.
This is probably my favorite piece. The skeletons are made out of a very delicate - and hollow - plaster. I am surprised that it has survived through 3 moves, one out of the state. As I mentioned on the Day of the Dead page, the wood used in these pieces are from taco crates. What a great way to utilize and recycle available resources!
These skeleton party animals are at the bar drinking tequila (or as I call it, te-kill-ya).
Skeletons eating tacos.
They like to eat fruit, too, apparently. I guess the lemons come in handy in between shots of tequila.
"Now you see here, Mr. Death..." (My favorite scene from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life).
He hand-crafts of plaster all of the skulls used in his works. He offers them for sale. I have used some.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I guess clothing is irrelevant for these two.
The frame was made by Holman; the art inside is a postcard depiction of Frida Kahlo's Girl with Death Mask, 1938.
Plaster skeleton with wooden coffin.
Wooden frame, with milagros and printed image of the Virgin of Guadalupe - the Mexican equivalent of the Virgin Mary - the most significant and beloved religious figure in Mexican culture.