Before you are Looming Objects. Illogically woven and randomly found. Forming a simulacrum of life and death as a random accumulation. Eight vivid hand-loomed nine-inch weavings form the bright side, eight opposing colorless weavings the darkside. Looming Objects includes a dozen Sueñitos (little dreams) — small calaveras representing the migrant children who died this year crossing the US border.
"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" ( Edgar Allan Poe, 1844, The Premature Burial). To all the poets and writers who affect our life and death. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2008.
fabric, buttons, foam, canvas, shells, paper, thread, trim
Inspired by Japanese Noh theater – devoted to the inner lives of ghosts. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2009. Live sound performance by Aaron Kuehn.
Aaron Kuehn, Kashmere Silva, Ashley Moon, Amanda Kelly
costume, performance, sound
For those who ride the cycle of life and death, day and night. The calaveras represent people who died riding bicycles. The calaveras wear warm winter caps and lobster gloves, and have 'chain-link' breast plates to protect them riding after death. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2006. Sound by: Aaron Kuehn