"Dia de los Moo-uertos" & "El Rey" purchased by New Mexico's "Art in Public Places" program!
In late 2017, I was delighted to report that two of my pieces were selected for the state of New Mexico's "Art in Public Places" program. At that time I was not aware exactly where these pieces would end up. This month, I delivered them to their new homes, and "El Rey" now resides at the Fred Luna Multi-generational center in Los Lunas, NM, while "Dia de los Moo-uertos" was installed at the Tularosa Senior Center.
As the second piece in the "Flowers & Skulls" series, "El Rey" is one of the earliest. Created with sunflowers photographed in our meadow in Tijeras, I found myself getting a little silly with the flower's anatomy, and created a little crown for the "King's" head, thus the title.
"Dia de los Moo-uertos" is the third piece in the series, and has received quite a bit of critical acclaim, having won first place in the annual Red Dog News "Color it Red" contest in 2015 and also being chosen as the poster and tee-shirt art that same year for the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival! It has been seen on billboards and since been featured by other large festivals such as the Corrales Art & Studio Tour and The Albuquerque Art Showcase. "Los Moo", as it is affectionately referred to, is an irreverent reference to the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday which honors lost loved ones with offerings, parades, and prayers. "Calavera" (skull) makeup and marigolds are prominent elements in the festivities.
Since its inception in 1986, the Art in Public Places program has placed more than 3,000 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. The objective is to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork from artists in all stages of their careers. All media in all genres are considered. The stated goal of the project is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico. To accomplish this, local and regional representatives work with New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. It can take awhile for the work to make its way to its new home, but when the funding for the pieces become available, I will hand-deliver and hang the pieces myself!