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Day of the Dead Catrina Ceramic Sculpture - Flirtatious Catrina
Working in ceramic, artisan Rita Sandoval creates this marvelous catrina sculpture. The skeletal figurine is beautifully clad in a red and yellow gown and matching hat; the slit in her skirt flirtatiously reveals her leg.
The original 'La Calavera Catrina' was a zinc etching created by the artist José Guadalupe Posada in Mexico around 1910. Posada created the character, a female skeleton with an elegant hat, as a satirical portrait of Mexican natives who aspired to European style and denied their own heritage. The catrina has since become an emblem of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration and a popular folk art subject.
- 0.56 kg
- 39 cm H x 10 cm W x 10 cm D
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Rita Sandoval
"I'm a ceramist, born in the state of Mexico. I've always loved our ancestral cultures and I put all my effort into creating these images and the tradition that characterizes us.
"I learned on my own, taking classes and courses, which I complemented with my own research on Mexico's autochthonous cultures. My mastery of this art has been through experimenting, feeling the clay in my hands and, above all, imagining what I want to portray.
"The clay I use is brought in blocks from the northern region of Oaxaca state. Its yellow color is one of its unique characteristics. It is ideal for molding and shaping, and it is especially hard and resistant to impacts as well as high temperatures.
"I feel a passion for depicting a piece of our history in clay. It's as though I travel back in time, as though I were present there in the past. I always envision each image before embarking on the adventure of creating it. When it's finished, it must have quality and beauty.
"If I had to define what I try to achieve in each of my sculptures, I have to say it is authenticity. This is how I want to consolidate my technique. Thank you for letting me share a part of me with you.""